SREL Reprint #0534




Response of Rodents to Acute Gamma Radiation Under Field Conditions

Frank B. Golley and John B. Gentry



The object of this study was to determine the response of two species of wild rodents to acute gamma radiation under field conditions.  Old-field mice (Peromyscus polionotus) and house mice (Mus musculus) were released in two acre enclosures and after a four week period for establishment of the population, were retrapped and irradiated at the LD50/30 established in the laboratory.  Mus survived at the same rate as in the laboratory; Peromyscus survived at a substantially lower rate in the field.  The frequency of capture, extent of movement within the enclosure, the time sequence of death and change in body weight supported the observations on survival rate.


SREL Reprint #0534

Golley, F.B. and J.B. Gentry. 1969. Response of rodents to acute gamma radiation under field conditions. p. 166-172. In Second National Symposium on Radioecology, edited by D.J. Nelson and F.C. Evans. CONF 670503. U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and the University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, MI.

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