Carbon isotopic composition (δ(13)C and (14)C activity) of plant samples in the vicinity of the Slovene nuclear power plant

J Environ Radioact. 2012 Aug;110:24-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvrad.2012.01.021. Epub 2012 Feb 14.


δ(13)C values of various plants (apples, wheat, and maize) collected in the vicinity of the Krško Nuclear Power Plant (Slovenia) during 2008 and 2009 were determined. By measuring dried samples and their carbonized counterparts we showed that no significant isotopic fractionation occurs during the carbonization phase of the sample preparation process in the laboratory. The measured δ(13)C values of the plants were used for δ(13)C correction of their measured (14)C activities.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Carbon Isotopes / analysis*
  • Carbon Radioisotopes / analysis
  • Nuclear Power Plants*
  • Plants / chemistry*
  • Slovenia


  • Carbon Isotopes
  • Carbon Radioisotopes