Articles | Volume 13, issue 10
Research article
23 May 2016
Research article |  | 23 May 2016

Transfer of radiocaesium from contaminated bottom sediments to marine organisms through benthic food chains in post-Fukushima and post-Chernobyl periods

Roman Bezhenar, Kyung Tae Jung, Vladimir Maderich, Stefan Willemsen, Govert de With, and Fangli Qiao


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (18 Apr 2016) by Christine Klaas
AR by Vladimir Maderich on behalf of the Authors (21 Apr 2016)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (03 May 2016) by Christine Klaas
AR by Vladimir Maderich on behalf of the Authors (07 May 2016)  Author's response   Manuscript 
Short summary
Measurements after the Fukushima Dai-ichi accident show that elevated concentrations of Cs-137 still remain in sediments, benthic organisms, and demersal fishes in the coastal zone. The dynamic food chain model has been extended to include benthic organisms. We showed that the gradual decrease of activity in the demersal fish after the accident was caused by the transfer of activity from organic matter deposited on the bottom through the deposit-feeding invertebrates.
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