Studies Reveal Serious Effects of the Fukushima Radiation
Fukushima-Daiichi power plant experienced a disaster on 11th March, 2011. The plant started releasing radiations when it was hit by Tsunami triggered by an earthquake. It was the largest nuclear incident since Chernobyl meltdown in 1986. Recent studies have revealed that the radiation of the plant is strongly affecting plants, birds and insects. Scientists said that study of these organisms will help them to understand the threats of Fukushima radiation.
Studies have revealed that low-dose contact with radiation results in genetic damage and increased mutation rates in both reproductive and non-reproductive cells.
Timothy Mousseau, author of one of the studies, said, "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".
Mousseau also said that studies can help them to discover the ways by which they can save the wild communities at Fukushima. According to him, greater investment is needed in basic scientific research of non-human organisms of Fukushima.
A series of studies have observed that even minimal amount of radiation is affecting non-human organisms. Wild Monkeys are strongly affected by the disaster.
One of the studies shows the effects of disaster on farming. In rice, low level gamma radiation started to change healthy seedlings on a genetic level. The alteration took a time of just three days. Author of the study, Randeep Rakwal said that the experiment will help them to find a new way to test how the entire rice plant genome responds to Fukushima radiation.
Another study observed the effect of radiation on butterfly species. Pale grass blue butterfly of Fukushima area suffered problems such as reduction in size, morphological abnormality, high mortality and slowed growth.
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