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8.04.07 - Radioactive contamination of forest ecosystems


Special issue: Radiation contamination of forests and forest products - consequences and future

Edited by Satoru Miura, George Shaw, Yves Thiry, Shoji Hashimoto, Brenda Howard, Sheldon Landsberger.
Journal of Environmental Radioactivity

During the Chernobyl and Fukushima Daiichi accidents large areas of forests were contaminated by long-lived radionuclides. What was the impact of this contamination and what are the lessons learned from the research conducted afterwards?

Find out more in a Special Issue which includes selected papers from a session of IUFRO's Working Party on Radioactive contamination of forest ecosystems, held in Curitiba, Brazil during the XXV IUFRO World Congress in 2019.


International Conference "Air Pollution threats to Plant Ecosystems" -- POSTPONED DUE TO CORONA VIRUS OUTBREAK

Paphos, Cyprus; NEW DATE: 11-15 October 2021

Following the postponement of the 2020’ conference due to COVID-19 pandemic, we are pleased to announce that the international conference entitled “Air Pollution threats to Plant Ecosystems” will be held in Paphos (Cyprus) on 11-15 October 2021. All needed sanitary directives will be implemented on site. Due to exceptional conditions, up-do-date information will be regularly released by emails.

Air pollution and climate change remain a persistent threat to plant ecosystems, urging for international cooperation and unified research efforts. This international event is co-organized by the Committee on Air Pollution Effects Research on Mediterranean Ecosystems (CAPERmed), the International Union of Forest Research Organization (IUFRO) and the International Cooperative Programme on Effects of Air Pollution on Natural Vegetation and Crops (ICP Vegetation). The conference, for the first time combining three events, will serve as an excellent example of effective international collaboration in the research of air pollution and plant ecosystems.

Do not miss this cornerstone of international science. The CAPERmed IV meeting will be held back-to-back with the 3rd International Conference on “Ozone and Plant Ecosystems” and the 30th international biennial conference of the IUFRO Research Group on “Air pollution and climate change” on 11-14 October 2021. A full-day excursion is planned on 15 October 2021.


Abstract submission: 1 September 2021. All abstracts "accepted" in 2020 remain "accepted", a revised version can be sent by 1st September 2021.
Early-bird registration: 15 September 2021
Late registration: starting 16 September 2021

More details:
New website:
Contact: Dr. Pierre Sicard (
Twitter: @PlantsPollution


Publication Alert: Special Issue olf the Journal of Environmental Radioactivity

Thirty years have passed since the Chernobyl accident (1986) and five years since the Fukushima Daiichi NPP accident (2011). In the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident, radionuclides contaminated large forested areas within many European countries yet forest radioecology studies were not prioritised until several years after the initial deposition. The radioactivity released from the Chernobyl NPP was approximately 10 times that released from the Fukushima Daiichi NPP. This special issue aims to share with the scientific community the latest studies on contamination of forests in Japan. This publication is based on the papers/presentations made during the session which was held by IUFRO Working Party 8.03.07 - Radioactive contamination of forest ecosystems during the XXIV IUFRO World Congress in Salt Lake City, USA, from 5-11 October 2014.

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