|SREL Reprint #0534|
Response of Rodents to Acute Gamma Radiation Under Field Conditions
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.