Modelling and experimental studies on the transfer of radionuclides to fruit

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Although fruit is an important component of the diet, the extent to which it contributes to radiological exposure remains unclear, partially as a consequence of uncertainties in models and data used to assess the transfer of radionuclides in the food chain. A Fruits Working Group operated as part of the IAEA BIOMASS (BIOsphere Modelling and ASSessment) programme from 1997 to 2000, with the aim of improving the robustness of the models that are used for radiological assessment. The Group completed a number of modelling and experimental activities including: (i) a review of experimental, field and modelling information on the transfer to fruit; (ii) discussion of recently completed or ongoing experimental studies; (iii) development of a database on the transfer of radionuclides to fruit; (iv) development of a conceptual model for fruit and (v) two model intercomparison studies and processes involved in the transfer of radionuclides to fruit. The work demonstrated that further models can be applied to a wide range of scenarios.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-284
JournalJournal of environmental radioactivity
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2005


  • eeperimental studies, radionuclide, fruit, environmental transfer, modelling

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