The Effects of Radionuclides on Animal Behavior

Part of the Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology book series (RECT, volume 210)


Behavior refers to the observable or measurable actions or reactions of an organism (movements, physiological alterations, verbal expression, etc.) in response to a stimulus originating from its environment (Bone and Moore 2008). Animals express several types of behavior including sexual, reproductive, social (aggression, maternal relationship, etc.), activity (locomotion, feeding, defence and avoidance responses) and cognitive behaviors (attention, learning, memory) (Zala and Penn 2004).


Behaviour Radionuclides Metals Chemoreception Neurological dysfunction Rodents Fish Humans 



The authors are very grateful to Prof. Tom Hinton for his reading and improving this manuscript. The work was partly supported by the French National Research Agency, the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and by the ENVIRHOM research program supported by the Institute for Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratoire de Radioécologie et d’EcotoxicologieIRSN (Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire), Centre de CadaracheSaint-Paul-Lez-Durance CedexFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Radioécologie et d’EcotoxicologieIRSN (Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire), Centre de CadaracheSaint-Paul-Lez-Durance CedexFrance
  3. 3.CEA, Institut de Recherche en Technologies et Sciences pour le VivantGrenobleFrance
  4. 4.CNRS, UMR 5249, Laboratoire de Chimie et Biologie des MétauxGrenobleFrance
  5. 5.Université Joseph FourierGrenobleFrance
  6. 6.Laboratoire de Radiotoxicologie ExpérimentaleIRSNFontenay-aux-Roses CedexFrance

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