International Journal of Modern Biological Research
ISSN: 2053-180X
Vol. 8(1), pp. 1-11, September 2020
doi.org/10.33500/ijmbr.2020.8.001



Determination of the concentration activity of radiolead 210Pb in mosses of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Feriz Adrović1*, Alma Damjanović2, Jasmin Adrović1, Jasmina Kamberović1 and Nađa Hadžiselimović3.

1Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Tuzla, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
2The International School of The Hague, Den Haag, Nederlands.
3Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

*To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: adrovicferiz@yahoo.com.

Received 25 May, 2020; Received in revised form 15 July, 2020; Accepted 20 July, 2020.

Abstract


Keywords:
Radiolead 210Pb, Bioindicators, Mosses, Bosnia and Herzegovina.


The radioactive gas radon 222Rn, through a series of short-lived radionuclides, decomposes into a long-lived isotope of lead 210Pb, which is classified as one of the most dangerous chemotoxic and radiotoxic elements. Natural aerosols containing 210Pb lead isotope are always present in the atmosphere, which is a global problem for human health. This paper investigates the contamination levels of moss radiolead 210Pb obtained from 92 locations in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Gamaspectrometric analysis of the collected samples was performed using three high resolution purity germanium detectors with 35, 23 and 70% relative efficiency. In all tested samples of moss contained 210Pb, with concentrations of 210Pb ranged from 10 to 2000 Bq/kg dry weight in selected moss species.

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