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International Journal on Algae
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ISSN Druckformat: 1521-9429
ISSN Online: 1940-4328

International Journal on Algae

DOI: 10.1615/InterJAlgae.v1.i3.10
pages 1-20

Radioecological studies on algae

Solomon P. Wasser
International Centre for Biotechnology and Biodiversity of Fungi Institute of Evolution and Faculty of Natural Sciences University of Haifa, Mt. Carmel, Haifa 31905, Israel
V. V. Stupina
N.G. Kholodny Institute of Botany, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 2, Tereshchenkovskaya St., 01001 Kiev, Ukraine
P. M. Tsarenko
N.G. Kholodny Institute of Botany of the NAS of Ukraine, 2 Tereschenkovskaya Str., Kiev 01004, Ukraine


Literature data concerning the influence of radioactive contamination on algae belonging to different taxonomic groups are presented, as well as original data on accumulation of radionuclides by algae biomass in water bodies of different types. The results of radioecological analysis of the biomass of Cladophora glomerata (L.) Kütz., C. fracta (Vahl.) Kütz, Spirogyra mirabilis (hAss.) Kütz. collected in ponds, streams, lakes, rivers, ephemeral water bodies, and analysis of ooze from 13 habitats of these algae have shown that the investigated components of ecosystems contained the following radionuclides: Cs-134, Cs-137, k-40, Ra-226, Ra-228. The concentration factors of Cs-137 and k-40 for the above-mentioned algae were calculated. The highest concentration factors were characteristic of the filamentous green alga Spirogyra mirabilis occurring in ponds. This alga may be used as a bioindicator of low radioactive contamination.

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