The usability of tree barks as long term biomonitors of atmospheric radionuclide deposition

Belivermis M., Kilic O., Cotuk Y., Topcuoglu S., Kalayci G., Pestreli D.

APPLIED RADIATION AND ISOTOPES, vol.68, no.12, pp.2433-2437, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 68 Issue: 12
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.apradiso.2010.07.010
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.2433-2437
  • Keywords: Oak bark, Pine bark, Radionuclide, Thrace, Turkey, THRACE REGION, CS-137, CONTAMINATION, ACCUMULATION, POLLUTION, POCKETS, RINGS, LEAD
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


In view of the lower radionuclide activities of moss and lichen, tree barks can be used as biomonitors of radioactive contamination, regardless of the contribution of soil uptake. The present study was conducted to determine the activity concentrations of (137)Cs, (40)K, (232)Th and (238)U in the barks of pine (Pinus mgra) and oak (Quercus petraea) trees collected from the Thrace region in Turkey By considering the previous studies carried out in the same region, it is noticed that among lichen, moss, oak bark and pine bark, oak bark is the best accumulator of (137)Cs and natural radionuclides. (c) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.