[Thorium in soil, vegetables, cereals and fruit]

Z Lebensm Unters Forsch. 1989 Sep;189(3):236-40. doi: 10.1007/BF01028071.
[Article in German]


Thorium contents (alpha-activities of the naturally occurring isotopes Th-228, Th-230, and Th-232) were determined in soils, vegetables, cereals, and fruits. The thorium content of plants depends on the degree of contamination by soil resuspension and thus on the specific surface of the plants. The activity of the isotope Th-230 is almost the same as that of the main isotope Th-232. Th-228, with about the same activity as Th-232 in soil, increases to about 10-fold the activity in vegetables, 29-fold in sweet chestnuts and 740-fold in Brazil nuts. Thorium concentration factors from the soil to these vegetable products are calculated; they include the total concentration, not only the soluble portion of thorium.

MeSH terms

  • Edible Grain / analysis
  • Food Contamination, Radioactive / analysis*
  • Fruit / analysis
  • Soil / analysis*
  • Thorium / analysis*
  • Vegetables / analysis


  • Soil
  • Thorium