Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 141, Issue 2, pp 427–436 | Cite as

Honey bees and their products as indicators of environmental radioactive pollution

  • D. Tonelli
  • E. Gattavecchia
  • S. Ghini
  • C. Porrini
  • G. Celli
  • A. M. Mercuri


Samples of honey, pollen and honey bees have been collected in some regions of Italy after the Chernobyl accident, and subjected to gamma spectrometry in order to assess their possible use as markers of the radioactive environmental contamination. Pollen has resulted in the best indicator, since it reflects exactly the air contamination and therefore it is suitable for obtaining a map of fallout. Also bees can be used for the purpose, even if their collection is more difficult, whereas honey gives only an indication.


Physical Chemistry Inorganic Chemistry Radioactive Pollution Environmental Contamination Chernobyl Accident 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Tonelli
    • 1
  • E. Gattavecchia
    • 1
  • S. Ghini
    • 1
  • C. Porrini
    • 2
  • G. Celli
    • 2
  • A. M. Mercuri
    • 3
  1. 1.Istituto di Scienze ChimicheUniversità di BolognaBolognaItaly
  2. 2.Instituto di Entomologia “Guido Grandi”Università di BolognaBolognaItaly
  3. 3.Istituto BotanicoUniversità di ModenaModenaItaly

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