Naturen tilpassar seg i Tsjernobyl

Onsdag 7. mai 2014

In 10 days here a person would be exposed to as much background radiation as a typical resident of the United States receives from all sources in a year.

… evidence of radiation’s toll: higher frequencies of tumors and physical abnormalities like deformed beaks among birds compared with those from uncontaminated areas, for example, and a decline in the populations of insects and spiders with increasing radiation intensity.

Some bird species, they reported in the journal Functional Ecology, appear to have adapted to the radioactive environment by producing higher levels of protective antioxidants, with correspondingly less genetic damage. For these birds, Dr. Mousseau said, chronic exposure to radiation appears to be a kind of “unnatural selection” driving evolutionary change.

At Chernobyl, Hints of Nature’s Adaptation