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On the soil chemistry of radio-strontium


R. K. Schulz
Roy Overstreet
K. L. Babcock

Authors Affiliations

R. K. Schulz was Assistant Specialist in the Experiment Station, Berkeley; Roy Overstreet was Professor of Soil Chemistry and Soil Chemist in the Experiment Station, Berkeley; K. L. Babcock was Assistant Professor of Soil Chemistry and Assistant Soil Chemist in the Experiment Station, Berkeley.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 27(13):333-342. DOI:10.3733/hilg.v27n13p333. July 1958.

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The advent of radioactive fallout has stimulated interest in the soil chemistry of radio-strontium. In the present research, the chemical behavior of added Sr 85 in 26 California soils was studied. On the basis of the results of various extraction procedures with ammonium acetate and calcium chloride, it is concluded that added radio-strontium is retained in the water soluble and exchangeable forms. Therefore, barring long-term fixation effects, it is largely available to plants.

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Schulz R, Overstreet R, Babcock K. 1958. On the soil chemistry of radio-strontium. Hilgardia 27(13):333-342. DOI:10.3733/hilg.v27n13p333
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