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Modelling Approach for Estimating Actinide Uptake by Fruit Crops for Accidental and Routine Release Applications

Institutions
NRPB (National Radiological Protection Board), UK
Start date
2001
End date
2002
Objective
The Food Standards Agency needs to be able to predict what the concentrations of radioactivity in food might be following the deposition of radioactive material onto the ground for both accidental and routine discharges of radioactivity to the atmosphere.
More information
This study looks at how fruit grown in the UK can become contaminated by actinide elements (e.g. uranium and plutonium), with the aim of developing a mathematical model for predicting concentrations of radioactivity in fruit after a radioactive release into the atmosphere.

Information on the contamination of fruit is relatively sparse in the scientific literature and, although some mathematical models already exist for predicting radioactivity levels in crops, these are not necessarily appropriate for actinide element transfer into fruit. A review of the available scientific literature and existing models has been undertaken and a mathematical model developed based on the findings of this review.

Find more about this project and other FSA food safety-related projects at the Food Standards Agency Research webpage.

Funding Source
Food Standards Agency
Project number
R01052
Categories
Radioactive Contamination
Bacterial Pathogens
Predictive Microbiology