Journal Article Variation of radiocesium concentrations in cedar pollen in the Okutama area since the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident

Tsuruoka, H  ,  Inoue, K  ,  Sakano, Y  ,  Hamada, M  ,  Shimizu, H  ,  Fukushi, M

167 ( 1-3 )  , pp.219 - 222 , 2015-05
Due to releases of radionuclides in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident, radiocesium (¹³⁴Cs and ¹³⁷Cs) has been incorporated into large varieties of plant species and soil types. There is a possibility that radiocesium taken into plants is being diffused by pollen. Radiocesium concentrations in cedar pollen have been measured in Ome City, located in the Okutama area of metropolitan Tokyo, for the past 3 years. In this research, the variation of radiocesium concentrations was analysed by comparing data from 2011 to 2014. Air dose rates at 1 m above the ground surface in Ome City from 2011 to 2014 showed no significant difference. Concentration of ¹³⁷Cs contained in the cedar pollen in 2012 was about half that in 2011. Between 2012 and 2014, the concentration decreased by approximately one fifth, which was similar to the result of a press release distributed by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

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