As radiological residue, both naturally occurring and technologically driven, works its way through the ecosystem, we see its negative effects on the human population. Radionuclide Concentrations in Food and the Environment addresses the key issues concerning the relationship between natural and manmade sources of environmental radioactivity, their transportation through the ecosystem, and the subsequent radionuclide concentrations in foods and the human population. The book discusses the negative effects of environmental radioactivity on plants and animals, as well as the effects of radiocontaminated food on human health, and perspectives for transfer prevention.
Beginning with the fundamentals of matter and the behavior of particles, the text lays a solid foundation for discussions on the source of radionuclides and their concentrations in air, water, and soil. Using predictive modeling, the authors examine the transfer of radionuclides through ecosystems and their effects on individual substances. The book provides up-to-date information on monitoring programs and legislation, detailed descriptions of detection systems, and evaluations of safety protocols in radioanalytical laboratories and in food processing. The authors devote considerable attention to the nuclear and radiological terrorist threat, illicit trafficking and masking of radioactive materials, event scenarios, and radiological forensics.
What are Radionuclides? M. Pöschl
Radionuclide Sources, J. S. Gaffney and N. A. Marley
Radioactivity in the Air, P. Carny
Radionuclide Concentrations in Water, J. L. Mas, M. García-León, R. García-Tenorio, and J. P. Bolívar
Radionuclide Concentrations in Soils, G. Manjón Collado
Radionuclide Transport Processes and Modeling, C. M. Vandecasteele
Effects of Radioactivity on Plants and Animals, K. A. Higley
Radionuclides in Foodstuffs and Food Raw Material, P. Froidevaux, T. Dell, and P. Tossell
Radiation Detection Methods, A. Khater
Unmasking the Illicit Trafficking of Nuclear and Other Radioactive Materials, S. Thomson, M. Reinhard, M. Colella, and C. Tuniz
Radiation Protection Programs, R. J. Emery and M. A. Charlton
Regulations, F. J. Bradley and R. M. Pratt
Food Irradiation: Microbiological, Nutritional, and Functional Assessment, P. Pinto, S. Cabo Verde, M. João Trigo, A. Santana, M. L. Botelho, and G. Lima Index