American Genetic Association, Aug 14, 2014: [S]tudies are now beginning to reveal serious biological effects of the Fukushima radiation [...] A series of articles summarizing these studies has now been published in the Journal of Heredity. These describe widespread impacts, ranging from population declines to genetic damage [...] Common to all of the published studies is the hypothesis that chronic (low-dose) exposure to ionizing radiation results in genetic damage and increased mutation rates [...] Hayashi et al. 2014 [...] documented the effects of radiation on rice [...] After three days, a number of effects were observed [...] Taira et al. 2014 [...] examined the response of the pale grass blue butterfly [...] They found size reduction, slowed growth, high mortality and morphological abnormality [...] A review of genetic and ecological studies for a range of other species [...] revealed significant consequences of radiation. Population censuses of birds, butterflies, and cicadas at Fukushima showed major declines attributable to radiation exposure.
Journal of Heredity (Oxford Journals), Sept. – Oct. 2014: The massive release of ionizing radiation to areas near nuclear power plants may cause major irreversible shifts in ecosystems and severe damage to human health, and understanding the risks and quantifying the outcomes of nuclear accidents is of global concern. [This] collection, the first of such a series for Journal of Heredity, covers 3 diverse taxa: rice plants, butterflies, and birds.
Dr. Tim Mousseau, Univ. of South Carolina, Aug. 2014: A growing body of empirical results from studies of birds, monkeys, butterflies, and other insects suggests that some species have been significantly impacted by the radioactive releases related to the Fukushima disaster [...] There is an urgent need for greater investment in basic scientific research of the wild animals and plants of Fukushima.
Dr. Joji Otaki, Univ. of the Ryukyus (Japan), Aug. 2014: Non-contaminated larvae fed leaves from contaminated host plants collected near the reactor showed high rates of abnormality and mortality.
See the newly published studies here:
- Genetic and Ecological Studies of Animals in Fukushima
- Fukushima’s Biological Impacts on the Pale Grass Blue Butterfly
- Radiation–Responsive Changes in Fukushima Rice
Published: August 14th, 2014 at 10:19 am ET