Organically bound and tissue free tritium in rice plant grown around Tarapur Atomic Power Station, west coast of India

  • A. BaburajanEmail author
  • R. H. Gaikwad
  • V. Sudheendran
  • C. A. Shah
  • P. M. Ravi
  • N. Karunakara


Tritium concentration in different parts of the rice plants, grown in villages around Tarapur Atomic Power Station, west coast of India, exposed to continuous atmospheric tritium in field condition were studied during two harvesting seasons of the years 2016 and 2017. The TFWT (HTO) and OBT concentrations in different parts of the rice plants were determined along with tritium in soil and air. The HTO to OBT concentration ratio in rice and hay was greater than unity in majority of the samples.


HTO OBT Harvesting season Rice plant Tarapur 



Authors expressed their gratitude to Dr. R.M. Tripathi. Head, Health Physics Division and Dr. K. S. Pradeepkumar, Associate Director, Health Safety and Environmental Group, BARC for their keen interest in this work and encouragement. Authors acknowledge with thanks the assistance provided by our Laboratory colleagues in collection, processing of the samples and drawing figures. Thanks are also due to TAPS Management for providing the facility and support to carry out the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Environmental Survey Laboratory, Health Physics DivisionBhabha Atomic Research Centre, Tarapur Atomic Power StationPalgharIndia
  2. 2.Health Physics DivisionBhabha Atomic Research CentreTrombay, MumbaiIndia
  3. 3.Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI)Anushakti Nagar, MumbaiIndia
  4. 4.Centre for Advanced Research in Environmental Radioactivity (CARER)Mangalore UniversityMangalagangotri, MangaloreIndia

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