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Brambilla, M., Strebl, F., Carini, F., Gerzabek, M..
(2003): VENTOMOD: a dynamic model for leaf to fruit transfer of radionuclides in processing tomato plants (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.) following a direct contamination event
Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 65, 309-328 FullText FullText_BOKU

This paper presents results on the calibration and validation of a model (Ventomod) for leaf to fruit transfer of Cs-134, Sr-85 and Zn-65 in processing tomato plants after leaf contamination. Several models (e.g. FARMLAND) that deal specifically with the transfer of radionuclides to fruits are adaptations of models that were developed for agricultural crops such as leafy green vegetables. "Ventomod" represents a dynamic evaluation model exclusively built for the short-term behaviour of radionuclide depositions. It forecasts the level of radionuclide contamination in ripe processing tomato fruits following an accidental radionuclide release into the atmosphere. A validation of the developed model by data sets from an independent experiment showed that the model successfully reproduced the observed radionuclide distribution and dynamics in tomato fruits. The level of uncertainty was within the normal range of similar assessment models. For a more general use of this model further testing with independent data sets from experiments obtained under different environmental conditions and data from other horticulturally important plant species would be desirable. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Authors BOKU Wien:
Gerzabek Martin
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