A new reference material for radionuclides in the mussel sample from the Mediterranean Sea (IAEA-437)

M. K. Pham, M. Betti, P. P. Povinec, M. Benmansour, R. Bojanowski, P. Bouisset, E. C. Calvo, G. J. Ham, E. Holm, M. Hult, C. Ilchmann, M. Kloster, G. Kanisch, M. Köhler, J. La Rosa, F. Legarda, M. Llauradó, A. Nourredine, J. S. Oh, M. PellicciariU. Rieth, A. M. Rodriguez Y Baena, J. A. Sanchez-Cabeza, H. Satake, J. Schikowski, M. Takeishi, H. Thébault, Z. Varga

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A new Reference Material (RM) for radionuclides in mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis) from the Mediterranean Sea (IAEA-437) is described and the results of the certification process are presented. Four radionuclides ( 40K, 234U, 238U, and 239+240Pu) have been certified, and information values on massic activities with 95% confidence intervals are given for nine radionuclides (137Cs, 210Pb(210Po), 226Ra, 228Ra, 228Th, 230Th, 232Th, 235U, and 241Am). Results for less frequently reported radionuclides ( 90Sr, 129I, 238Pu, 239Pu, and 240Pu) are also reported. The RM can be used for quality assurance/quality control of the analysis of radionuclides in mussel samples, for the development and validation of analytical methods and for training purposes. The material is available in 200 g units. © 2010 Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)851-859
JournalJournal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


  • Anthropogenic radionuclides
  • Massic activity
  • Mussel Mediterranean Sea
  • Natural radionuclides
  • Reference material


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