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Researches in National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS) for radiation protection of non-human biota and ecosystems in Japanese environment

  • J. Barescut, S. Yoshida (a1), N. Ishii (a1), Y. Ishikawa (a1), I. Kawaguchi (a1), Y. Kubota (a1), K. Tagami (a1), H. Takeda (a1), M. Doi (a1), T. Nakamori (a1), T. Ban-nai (a1), A. Fujimori (a1), S. Fuma (a1), K. Maruyama (a1), T. Yasuda (a1), K. Yanagisawa (a1), K. Miyamoto (a1) and Y. Watanabe (a1)...

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This paper summarizes research activities in National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS) for evaluation of the radiation effects on selected terrestrial and aquatic organisms as well as the ecosystems. Seven organisms, conifers, fungi, earthworms, springtails, algae, daphnia and Medaka are presently selected to study. For the estimation of possible radiation dose, transfers of radionuclides and related elements from medium to organisms are evaluated. Dose-effect relationships of acute gamma radiation on the survival, growth, and reproduction of selected organisms have been studied. Studies on the effect of chronic gamma radiation at low dose rate were also started. In order to understand the mechanism of radiation effects and to find possible indicators of the effects, information of genome- and metagenome-wide gene expression has been collected. Evaluation of ecological effects of radiation is more challenging task. Study methods by using three-species microcosm were established, and an index for the holistic evaluation of effects on various ecological parameters was proposed. The microcosm has been simulated as a computer simulation code. Developments of more complicated and practical model ecosystems have been started. The Denaturant Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (DGGE) has been applied on soil bacterial community in order to evaluate the radiation effects on soil ecosystems.

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