Guillén, J. et al

Elemental concentrations in representative species of the ICRP's Reference Animals and Plants and associated soils in terrestrial Mediterranean ecosystems in Spain

Data comprise stable element concentrations in terrestrial Reference Animals and Plants (RAPs) and corresponding whole-body concentration ratios determined in two different Mediterranean ecosystems: a Pinewood and a Dehesa (grassland with disperse tree cover). The International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) RAPs considered in the Pinewood ecosystem were Pine Tree and Wild Grass; whereas in the Dehesa ecosystem those considered were Deer, Rat, Earthworm, Bee, Frog, Duck and Wild Grass.
The data include: elemental concentrations in soils; elemental concentrations in plants, invertebrates, vertebrate tissues and estimated concentrations for vertebrate whole-organisms; individual concentration ratios (relating the fresh matter concentration in organisms to the dry matter concentration in soil); vertebrate species tissue masses; fresh to dry matter data for invertebrate species; geometric and arithmetic mean and standard deviation summaries for elemental concentrations and concentration ratios.
Elemental concentrations presented include I, Li, Be, B, Na, Mg, Al, P, S, K. Ca, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Se, Rb, Sr, Mo, Ag, Cd, Cs, Ba, Tl, Pb and U.

Publication date: 2017-07-11

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You must cite: Guillén, J.; Izquierdo, M.; Young, S.; Wells, C.; Barnett, C.L.; Beresford, N.A.; Baeza, A.; Salas, A.; Muñóz-Serrano, A.; Corrales-Vázquez, J.M.; Muñoz-Muñoz, J.G.; Tovar, E.; Chaplow, J.S. (2017). Elemental concentrations in representative species of the ICRP's Reference Animals and Plants and associated soils in terrestrial Mediterranean ecosystems in Spain. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.


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This study was partially funded by the project TREE project ( (funded by the UK NERC, Environment Agency and Radioactive Waste Management Ltd.) and facilitated through the COMET project ( We are also grateful to the Autonomous Government of Extremadura (Junta de Extremadura) for the financial support to the LARUEX research group (FQM001), and also to the Consejería de Educación y Empleo of Junta de Extremadura for the mobility grant MOV15B006.

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2014-01-01    to    2015-12-01

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J.Guillén, N.A.Beresford, A.Baeza, M.Izquierdo, M.D.Wood, A.Salas, A.Muñoz-Serrano, J.M.Corrales-Vázquez, J.G.Muñoz-Muñoz, 2017, In Press, Corrected Proof.

Other useful information regarding this dataset:

Barnett, C.L., Beresford, N.A., Walker, L.A., Baxter, M., Wells, C., Copplestone, D., 2014. Transfer parameters for ICRP reference animals and plants collected from a forest ecosystem. Radiat Environ Biophys 53, 125-149
IAEA (Contributors: Howard, B.J., Beresford, N.A.,Barnett, C.L., Wells, C.) 2014 Handbook of parameter values for the prediction of radionuclide transfer to wildlife. Technical Reports Series No. 479 (Beresford, N.A., Howard, B.J. [Eds]) IAEA, Vienna.


Samples of earthworms (Lumbricidae spp), bees (Apis mellifera), frogs (Pelophylax perezi), rats (Apodemus sylvaticus), deer (Cervus elaphus): duck (Anas platyrhynchos), wild grass (Briza minor), pine tree and soil were collected. Samples were prepared for analysis (dried and ground where applicable) and digested prior to ICP-MS analysis. Iodine analysis was also performed. Full materials and methods available by downloading the supporting documentation.


Guillén, J.
University of Extremadura
Izquierdo, M.
University of Nottingham
Young, S.
University of Nottingham
Wells, C.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Barnett, C.L.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Beresford, N.A.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Baeza, A.
University of Extremadura
Salas, A.
University of Extremadura
Muñóz-Serrano, A.
University of Extremadura
Corrales-Vázquez, J.M.
University of Extremadura
Muñoz-Muñoz, J.G.
University of Extremadura
Tovar, E.
University of Extremadura
Chaplow, J.S.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

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