Baseline radionuclide concentration in commercially important brachyuran crabs around Mumbai and Sindhudurg of Maharashtra, India


Present study was conducted to generate baseline data on radionuclide concentration in commercially important crabs around Mumbai and Sindhudurg districts of Maharashtra, India. The activity concentration of 238U, 228Ra, 40K and 210Pb were calculated in different tissues of crabs for different species, with respect to seasonal and spatial variations. The order of accumulation was gills > exoskeleton > muscle. The study shows that the observed values varied depending upon the species, locality and environmental factors.

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Authors are grateful to former Director Dr. W. S. Lakra, and present Director Dr. Gopal Krishna, ICAR- CIFE, Mumbai, Project Co-ordinator Dr. A. K. Pal for providing lab facilities. We also thank funding agency Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences (BRNS), Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) by providing laboratory facilities in this work.The authors would like to thank Dr. S. K. Jha, Head, RPS (NF), HPD, BARC and Dr. M. S. Kulkarni, Head, HPD, BARC, for the constant encouragement and support.

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Khot, M., Chinnaesakki, S., Bara, S.V. et al. Baseline radionuclide concentration in commercially important brachyuran crabs around Mumbai and Sindhudurg of Maharashtra, India. J Radioanal Nucl Chem (2021).

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  • Brachyuran crabs
  • Radionuclide
  • Hpge
  • Marine