Estimation of total beta-activity in the fungi fruit bodies of Leccinum genus growing in wood and bog ecosystems of the Leningrad Region
The researches for fungi fruit bodies of Leccinum holopus — the Birch mushroom marsh — show the excess of activity level on caesium-137 above admissible value. A habitat of the polluted fungi is bog ecosystems. The places where the contaminated fruit bodies were collected do not belong to official Chernobyl trace territories specified on the map of caesium-137 pollution in the Leningrad Region. It suggests including the Leccinum holopus in reference group of organisms for the purposes of ecological monitoring caesium-137 in wood communities and bog ecosystems.
Leccinum, Birch mushrooms, caesium-137, wood and bog ecosystems, reference species
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