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A Storm-induced flood and associated nearshore dispersal of the river-derived suspended $$^{137}$$Cs

Uchiyama, Yusuke*; Tokunaga, Natsuki*; Azuma, Kohei*; Kamidaira, Yuki; Tsumune, Daisuke*; Iwasaki, Toshiki*; Yamada, Masatoshi*; Tateda, Yutaka*; Ishimaru, Takashi*; Ito, Yukari*; et al.

Science of the Total Environment, 816, p.151573_1 - 151573_13, 2022/04

 Times Cited Count:4 Percentile:75.49(Environmental Sciences)

no abstracts in English

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First isolation and analysis of caesium-bearing microparticles from marine samples in the Pacific coastal area near Fukushima Prefecture

Miura, Hikaru*; Ishimaru, Takashi*; Ito, Yukari*; Kuribara, Yuichi; Otosaka, Shigeyoshi*; Sakaguchi, Aya*; Misumi, Kazuhiro*; Tsumune, Daisuke*; Kubo, Atsushi*; Higaki, Shogo*; et al.

Scientific Reports (Internet), 11, p.5664_1 - 5664_11, 2021/03

 Times Cited Count:8 Percentile:64.15(Multidisciplinary Sciences)

For the first time, we isolated and investigated seven CsMPs (radioactive caesium-bearing microparticles) from marine particulate matter and sediment. From the elemental composition, the $$^{134}$$Cs/$$^{137}$$Cs activity ratio, and the $$^{137}$$Cs activity per unit volume results, we inferred that the five CsMPs collected from particulate matter were emitted from Unit 2 of the FDNPP, whereas the two CsMPs collected from marine sediment were possibly emitted from Unit 3. The presence of CsMPs can cause overestimation of the solid-water distribution coefficient of Cs in marine sediments and particulate matter and a high apparent radiocaesium concentration factor for marine biota. CsMPs emitted from Unit 2, which were collected from the estuary of a river that flowed through a highly contaminated area, may have been deposited on land and then transported by the river. By contrast, CsMPs emitted from Unit 3 were possibly transported eastward by the wind and deposited directly onto the ocean surface.

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Factors controlling $$^{134}$$Cs activity concentrations in sediment collected off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture in 2013-2015

Fukuda, Miho*; Aono, Tatsuo*; Yamazaki, Shinnosuke*; Ishimaru, Takashi*; Kanda, Jota*; Nishikawa, Jun*; Otosaka, Shigeyoshi

Geochemical Journal, 52(2), p.201 - 209, 2018/00

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:19.1(Geochemistry & Geophysics)

To elucidate recent activity levels and the behavior of radiocesium in the coast off Fukushima Prefecture, lateral and vertical distributions of $$^{134}$$Cs in sediment were observed in 2013-2015 at 12 monitoring stations. At stations around the water depth of 100 m, relatively higher $$^{134}$$Cs activities were observed from surface sedimentary layer (0-3 cm). In these stations, sediments had high content of silt to clay particles and organic matter. The high $$^{134}$$Cs activities in the surface sediments were attributed to accumulation of highly mobile sediment particles. In October 2014, at some coastal stations, sharp peaks of $$^{134}$$Cs activities were observed in the subsurface (5-16 cm) sediments, whereas such broad peaks were not found in October 2015. These results suggest that the $$^{134}$$Cs activities in sediment had largely changed by lateral transport and re-sedimentation on the surface, as well as sediment mixing in the middle-layers.

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Dissolved radiocaesium in seawater off the coast of Fukushima during 2013-2015

Fukuda, Miho*; Aono, Tatsuo*; Yamazaki, Shinnosuke*; Nishikawa, Jun*; Otosaka, Shigeyoshi; Ishimaru, Takashi*; Kanda, Jota*

Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, 311(2), p.1479 - 1484, 2017/02

 Times Cited Count:5 Percentile:48.71(Chemistry, Analytical)

In order to investigate processes affecting distribution of radiocaesium in seawater in the adjacent region of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP), relationships between $$^{137}$$Cs activity in seawater and physical properties of seawater (salinity, temperature, and potential density) were observed in seven stations within 10 km radius from the FDNPP. As a whole, $$^{137}$$Cs concentrations in seawater were higher in the vicinity of the FDNPP, and were negatively correlated with potential density. From these results, it can be considered that river water discharge or export of seawater from the FDNPP's harbor has affected the higher activity levels of $$^{137}$$Cs in seawater. It was also observed that the $$^{137}$$Cs-elevated seawater can be advected to the 20$$sim$$50 m depths.

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Mutational reconstructed ferric chelate reductase confers enhanced tolerance in rice to iron deficiency in calcareous soil

Ishimaru, Yasuhiro*; Kim, S.*; Tsukamoto, Takashi*; Oki, Hiroyuki*; Kobayashi, Takanori*; Watanabe, Satoshi; Matsuhashi, Shimpei; Takahashi, Michiko*; Nakanishi, Hiromi*; Mori, Satoshi*; et al.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 104(18), p.7373 - 7378, 2007/05

 Times Cited Count:126 Percentile:93.67(Multidisciplinary Sciences)

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Rice plants take up iron as an Fe$$^{3+}$$-phytosiderophore and as Fe$$^{2+}$$

Ishimaru, Yasuhiro*; Suzuki, Motofumi*; Tsukamoto, Takashi*; Suzuki, Kazumasa*; Nakazono, Mikio*; Kobayashi, Takanori*; Wada, Yasuaki*; Watanabe, Satoshi; Matsuhashi, Shimpei; Takahashi, Michiko*; et al.

Plant Journal, 45(3), p.335 - 346, 2006/02

 Times Cited Count:513 Percentile:99.64(Plant Sciences)

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Transport of suspended radiocesium in coastal area off Fukushima

Otosaka, Shigeyoshi*; Suzuki, Takashi; Tsuruta, Tadahiko; Misono, Toshiharu; Dohi, Terumi; Mino, Yoshihisa*; Sukigara, Chiho*; Ito, Yukari*; Kanda, Jota*; Ishimaru, Takashi*

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A time-series sediment trap was deployed from October 2017 to June 2018 at a station located in southeast of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant to clarify the transport process of suspended radiocesium from the coast to the offshore area. Sinking particles of 39 periods were collected by this experiment. Radiocesium was detected from sinking particles throughout the observation period, and the concentration showed clear seasonal variation. The observed flux of radiocesium showed maxima in winter (December-January) and spring (March-April). From detailed analysis of physical and chemical characteristics of sinking particles, it was found that sinking particles were composed of biological particles with relatively low degradation in winter and fine-grained terrestrial particles in spring. Especially in spring, high radiocesium flux was observed, and it was presumed due to lateral transport of radiocesium-bound lithogenic particles from the coastal area to the offshore. However, the effect of redistribution of radiocesium in seabed sediments by this process is considered to be limited.

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