British scientists are investigating bumblebees in the Exclusion Zone
Scientists from the University of Stirling (UK) arrived on a working visit to the “lab of the open air”, as is often called the Exclusion Zone, within the framework of the international project TREE (Transfer – Exposure – Effects), aimed at assessing the risks of exposure to man and the environment by ionizing radiation.
For research, 15 plots with different levels of radioactive contamination were selected, on each of which the radiation background power was measured and the biological objects – bumblebees and daphnia common – were collected.
British scientists conducted a gathering of biological indicators (bumblebee and daphnia) in order to study the environmental impact on them, in collaboration with specialists from SSE “EcoCentre” and Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Institute.
According to Sergiy Kireyev, Director General of SSE “EcoCentre”, participation in the TREE gives the opportunity to get new knowledge about the impact of the ionizing radiation on biological objects and, on the basis of them, to improve radiation protection systems of the environment and human beings at the international level.
Biological indicators are objects whose biological parameters indicate with high accuracy the changes in the environment.