Follow-up to: Japan Paper: Malformations in 10% of cotton worms from Fukushima town -Entomologist (PHOTO)
Prof. Akimoto [of Hokkaido University] collected 200 samples from Japanese elms to find about 10% of them deformed.
Their bodies and the cast-off skins showed their legs had necrosis,or feelers are damaged, and also some of them had 2 abdomens.
The deformation rate is normally less than 1%. Prof. Akimoto states something must have caused genetic disorder. It can be radiation from Fukushima.
He adds, “The insects might also have short lives or abnormal behavior besides deformation.”
Published: August 16th, 2012 at 4:38 am ET