Modelling the transfer of radionuclides to fruit: Report of the Fruits Working Group of BIOMASS Theme 3

Franca Carini, C. Collins, K. Eged, N. Green, I. Linkov, N. Mitchell, Christophe Mourlon, Zitouni Ould-Dada, T. Riesen, B. Robles, A. Suanez, Lieve Sweeck, A. Venter

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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 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 of radionuclides 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 a model validation study. The Group achieved significant advances in understanding the processes involved in transfer of radionuclides to fruit.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationReport of the Fruits Working Group of BIOMASS Theme 3
    Subtitle of host publicationPart of the IAEA Coordinated Research Project on Biosphere Modelling and Assessment (BIOMASS)
    PublisherIAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
    Number of pages153
    ISBN (Print)92–0–106503–5
    StatePublished - Jul 2003

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