A neutron activation study of trace element contents in plants growing on soils of different acidity

  • J. Caplan
  • E. Løbersli
  • R. Naeumann
  • E. Steinnes
Environmental Sciences


As part of a research program on the influence of soil acidification on metal uptake in plants, the present work was carried out in order to investigate the feasibility of instrumental neutron activation analysis for this purpose. The work was restricted to elements yielding medium- or long-lived radionuclides on neutron activation. Elements studied include Na, Sc, Cr, Fe, Co, Zn, Br, Rb, Cs, Ba and La. The material analyzed was from a comparison of trace element contents in natural vegetation from corresponding coniferous forest locations in South Norway, which is considerably exposed to acidic deposition from long-range atmospheric transport, and Central Norway, which is far less affected. In particular Rb and Cs show pronounced differences between the two regions regarding concentration levels in certain plant species.


Acidity Radionuclide Activation Analysis Neutron Activation Neutron Activation Analysis 
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© Akadémiai Kiadó 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Caplan
    • 1
  • E. Løbersli
    • 1
  • R. Naeumann
    • 2
  • E. Steinnes
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, AVHUniversity of TrondheimDragvoll(Norway)
  2. 2.Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, NTHUniversity of TrondheimDragvoll(Norway)

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