Chernobyl’s Birds Adapt to Radiation- latest Science Bulletin!

The Chernobyl nuclear disaster had a high ecological cost, with local wildlife suffering from physical deformities and reduced populations. The site has since emerged as a unique environment for scientists to study the long-term effects of continuous radiation exposure on plants and animals.

Our latest Bio Bulletin looks at a recent study showing that many bird species are surprisingly adaptable to life in highly radioactive areas.

RELATED LINKS

Functional Ecology: Chronic exposure to low-dose radiation at Chernobyl favours adaptation to oxidative stress in birds
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2435.12283/full

Nature: Chernobyl birds adapt to radiation
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v509/n7498/full/509011a.html

University of South Carolina: Chernobyl Research Initiative
http://cricket.biol.sc.edu/chernobyl/Chernobyl_Research_Initiative/Introduction.html

Advertisements

About tcornelisse

taracornelisse.wordpress.com
This entry was posted in Conservation solutions, General conservation issues and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s