Journal of Radiation Research and Radiation Processing ›› 2020, Vol. 38 ›› Issue (4): 15-24.doi: 10.11889/j.1000-3436.2020.rrj.38.040102

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Application of earthworms in the remediation of radioactive soil

SHI Yan1,SIQIN Tuya2,ZHAO Hongtao2()   

  1. 1.Forestry College of Northeast Forestry University, Haerbin 150040, China
    2.Technical Physics Institute of Heilongjiang Academy of Sciences, Haerbin 150086, China
  • Received:2020-04-15 Revised:2020-05-18 Accepted:2020-05-18 Online:2020-08-20 Published:2020-08-13
  • Contact: ZHAO Hongtao
  • About author:SHI Yan (male) was born in July 1995, and obtained his bachelor’s degree from Qiqihar University in 2017. Now he is a graduate student at Northeast Forestry University, focusing on radiation environment monitoring and evaluation
  • Supported by:
    Special Subject of Basic Application Technology Research of Heilongjiang Provincial Institute(ZNBZ2019WL02)


Radioactive contamination of soil, caused by the nuclear industry and nuclear accidents, is currently one of the hot topics in the world. This paper reviewed the application of hyperaccumulators in the remediation of radioactive soil. The joint action of hyperaccumulators and earthworms was expounded. The application feasibility of earthworm in radioactive soil remediation was analyzed. The difficulties and research emphases of earthworms application in radioactive-soil remediation. The application prospect of earthworms in the remediation of radioactive soil was examined, providing reference for the establishment of nuclear pollution control technology in China.

Key words: Soil, Radionuclide, Hyperaccumulator, Earthworm, Review

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  • TL94