Mushrooms, Lichens and Mosses as Biological Indicators of Radioactive Environmental Contamination

  • M. G. Nifontova
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASEN2, volume 13)

Abstract

At the time that the author started her investigations, it was already known that mushrooms, lichens and mosses are characterized by a number of properties which indicate them as potential biological indicators of radio contaminants. These characteristics are wide distribution in nature, prolonged life time, eurytopness and a certain degree of tolerance. The specificity of the anatomical and morphological structure as well as the peculiarities of the physiology of these organisms favour their active accumulating function.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. G. Nifontova
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  1. 1.Biophysical station of the Institute of Plant and Animal Ecology Urals DivisionRussian Academy of SciencesYekatarinburgRussia

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