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Teores elevados de Polônio-210 em plantas aquáticas da restinga de Carapebus, RJ

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Author(s): Kelecom Alphonse | Santos Pedro Lopes dos | Gouvea Rita de Cássia S. | Dutra Iedo Ramos | Fevereiro Paulo Cesar Ayres

Journal: Química Nova
ISSN 0100-4042

Volume: 22;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 666;
Date: 1999;
Original page

Keywords: 210Po | bioconcentration | aquatic plants

ABSTRACT
210Po concentrations have been determined in one green alga and in five freshwater plants grown in a pond of the Carapebus restinga (State of Rio de Janeiro). The alga Chara sp showed elevated concentration of 210Po, similar to that observed for marine algae. All the other plants had the lowest concentration of 210Po in the stems and the highest in the roots. Intermediate values were observed in the leaves. The unexpected high concentration of 210Po in the roots, even superior to reported values for roots of plants from high radioactive background areas, must be due to the elevated levels of this radionuclide in associated soils that are known to be rich in humic organic material. There seem to have been no translocation of this radionuclide from the roots to the other parts of the plants.
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