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Need for research on the role of micro-organisms on the behaviour of radionuclides in aquatic and terrestrial systems and their transfer to Man
Bonotto, S.; Kirchmann, R.; Myttenaere, C. (1990). Need for research on the role of micro-organisms on the behaviour of radionuclides in aquatic and terrestrial systems and their transfer to Man. Bull. K. Belg. Inst. Nat. Wet. 60: 249-252
In: Bulletin. Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique. Mededelingen. Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen. KBIN: Brussel. ISSN 0368-0177, more
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  • Bonotto, S.
  • Kirchmann, R.
  • Myttenaere, C.

Abstract
    The authors underline the need for a co-ordinate multidisciplinar research on the role of micro-organisms on the behaviour of radionuclides in the environment. Aquatic as well as terrestrial micro-organisms appear to affect the biological availability of radionuclides. Besides, other species of micro-organisms, which are symbionts or inhabitants of the rhizosphere (plant-bacteria relationship) or of the digestive system (animal-bacteria relationship), seem important for the uptake, retention and release of radioactivity. Finally, together with new experimental approaches on the fate of radionuclides in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, models should also be developed for simulating, predicting and fitting the results and assessing the risk of potential transfer of radioactivity to man through the food chain.

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