Packaged Organic Materials as Monitoring Tools for Radionuclides

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Science  25 Nov 1960:
Vol. 132, Issue 3439, pp. 1554-1555
DOI: 10.1126/science.132.3439.1554


Pint-size perforated polyethylene bags were used as containers to test preserved tea, spinach, ion-exchange resin, live filamentous green algae, and dead filamentous green algae for the sorption and concentration of radionuclides from natural aquatic habitats and from a variety of laboratory controlled nutrient media. These packaged materials have been used to detect trace levels of radionuclides not found by the usual methods of analysis of the raw water itself for dissolved radionuclides.