8 August 2013
Chernobyl's legacy recorded in trees
By Mark Kinver
Environment reporter, BBC News
|The change in wood colour in these Scots pine logs indicates the year of the accident|
Exposure to radiation from the 1986 Chernobyl accident had a lasting negative legacy on the area's trees, a study has suggested.
Researchers said the worst effects were recorded in the "first few years" but surviving trees were left vulnerable to environmental stress, such as drought.
They added that young trees appeared to be particularly affected.
Writing in the journal Trees, the team said it was the first study to look at the impact at a landscape scale.
Full text: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23619870