Fukushima contamination affects butterfly larvae

By Ashley Yeager, 17:40 PM May 15, 2014

Butterfly larvae fed leaves contaminated with radioactive cesium from the Fukushima nuclear disaster had a higher rate of death and development abnormalities than larvae that got leaves from a location farther from the accident. The result, published May 15 in Scientific Reports, suggests there are health risks associated with ingesting a diet polluted with radioactive cesium, at least for this species of butterfly. The same risks may also apply to other animals living close to where the acci...

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