[en]Honey bee and the products (honey, pollen, wax, propolis) are generally considered as efficient bioindicators of the environmental pollution. Honey bee activity upon a territory is well defined both in space and time and honey bee itself is easier to control than other animal bioindicators (birds, fish, wild animals). Networks of bee hives near nuclear and industrial installations are therefore often used for, environment pollution research and control. The investigations started in 1983/84. Gamma exposure and Cs-137 activity measurements provided information on ''zero status'' of the radioecological situation in the region. During the nuclear plant accident at Chernobyl in April 1986 and afterworks through the year, over two hundred samples of honey, grass and meadow flora have been examined. Investigations of the radioactivity in soils, meadow flora and honey in the region continued up to 1991 and afterwards. The vertical distribution of Cs-134 and Cs-137 in different soils provided data on the migration rate through soil and on concentration factors for different phases of the ''soil-plant-honey'' ecosystem
Primary SubjectSPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS (C5221)
Secondary SubjectGEOSCIENCES (B3140), APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES (C4300)
Source/ReportEuropean Commission (CEC), Brussels (Belgium); International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (Austria); World Health Organization, Geneva (Switzerland); 699 p; ISSN 1011-4289; ; Sep 1997; p. 432-437; International conference on one decade after Chernobyl: Summing up the consequences of the accident; Vienna (Austria); 8-12 Apr 1996; 10 refs, 2 figs, 9 tabs.
Country/OrganizationInternational Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Descriptors (DEI)BIOLOGICAL INDICATORS, CESIUM 134, CESIUM 137, CONTAMINATION, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS, FOOD, HONEY, MOUNTAINS, PLANTS, POLLEN, RADIATION MONITORING, RADIOACTIVITY, RADIONUCLIDE MIGRATION, SOILS
Descriptors (DEC)BETA DECAY RADIOISOTOPES, BETA-MINUS DECAY RADIOISOTOPES, CESIUM ISOTOPES, ELECTRON CAPTURE RADIOISOTOPES, ENVIRONMENTAL TRANSPORT, GAMETES, GERM CELLS, HOURS LIVING RADIOISOTOPES, INTERMEDIATE MASS NUCLEI, INTERNAL CONVERSION RADIOISOTOPES, ISOMERIC TRANSITION ISOTOPES, ISOTOPES, MASS TRANSFER, MONITORING, NUCLEI, ODD-EVEN NUCLEI, ODD-ODD NUCLEI, RADIOISOTOPES, YEARS LIVING RADIOISOTOPES