Soudek P., Petrová Š., Benešová D., Kotyza J., Vágner M., Vaňková R., Vaněk T.
JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RADIOACTIVITY
226-Radium; Lupinus albus; Lupinus luteolus; Phytoremediation; Crop plants
A soil–plant transfer study was performed using soil from a former uranium ore processing factory in South Bohemia. We present the results from greenhouse experiments which include estimates of the time required for phytoremediation. The accumulation of 226Ra by different plant species from a mixture of garden soil and contaminated substrate was extremely variable, ranging from 0.03 to 2.20 Bq 226Ra/g DW. We found differences in accumulation of 226Ra between plants from the same genus and between cultivars of the same plant species. The results of 226Ra accumulation showed a linear relation between concentration of 226Ra in plants and concentration of 226Ra in soil mixtures. On the basis of these results we estimated the time required for phytoremediation, but this appears to be too long for practical purposes.
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IEB authors: Dagmar Benešová
, Jan Kotyza
, Petr Soudek
, Martin Vágner
, Tomáš Vaněk
, Radomíra Vanková