Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 318, Issue 1, pp 341–346 | Cite as

Secondary radiocesium contamination of agricultural products by resuspended matter

  • N. NiheiEmail author
  • K. Yoshimura
  • T. Okumura
  • K. Tanoi
  • K. Iijima
  • T. Kogure
  • T. M. Nakanishi


Contamination of agricultural products by resuspended matter remains a concern in the highly contaminated areas. Radiocesium concentration of spinach cultivated with non-contaminated soil was low in the decontaminated areas, but high in the contaminated areas. The washed plants had relatively lower radiocesium concentration than the unwashed plants. Furthermore, the plants cultivated closer to the ground surface tended to have a higher radiocesium concentration than those cultivated farther from the ground. Therefore, it can be concluded that radiocesium found in the spinach leaves derived from resuspended matter in the air. With further analysis, radiocesium in the resuspended matter was confirmed to be present as particles.


Radiocesium Secondary contamination Resuspension Particle 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Nihei
    • 1
    Email author
  • K. Yoshimura
    • 2
  • T. Okumura
    • 3
  • K. Tanoi
    • 1
  • K. Iijima
    • 2
  • T. Kogure
    • 3
  • T. M. Nakanishi
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of Agricultural and Life SciencesThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Environmental SciencesJapan Atomic Energy AgencyMuramatsuJapan
  3. 3.Graduate School of ScienceThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan

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