From Dosimetry to Damage: Unravelling the biological effects of environmental radioactivity in Arabidopsis thaliana

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    Abstract

    This PhD thesis aims to investigate the biological effects and mechanisms in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana upon chronic exposure to alpha, beta or gamma radiation. To do so, it first establishes a new working model for dosimetry calculations in plant roots and shoots. Secondly, it investigates the age-dependency of the response to ionising radiation. Finally, it compares the effects of alpha radiation (emitted by 241Am) and beta radiation (emitted bu 90Sr) on morphology, physiology and at the molecular level.
    Original languageEnglish
    Awarding Institution
    • Uhasselt - Hasselt University
    Supervisors/Advisors
    • Horemans, Nele, Supervisor
    • Cuypers, Ann, Supervisor, External person
    • Vangronsveld, Jaco, Supervisor, External person
    Place of PublicationHasselt, Belgium
    Publisher
    StatePublished - 26 Sep 2013

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