Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Name Mappes, Tapio
Organisation JY
Project title
Evolutionary responses to ionizing radiation in natural mammalian populations - two replicates caused by nuclear accidents
Decision No. 268670
Decision date 23.05.2013
Funding period 01.09.2013 - 31.08.2017
Funding 592 475
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Project description
The Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear accidents provides unique opportunities to explore the eco-evolutionary impacts of chronic exposure to low-dose radioactive contaminants on wild animals and plants. The fundamental benefit of the expected results is that we are first time able to make for the reliable predictions about how wild animals and plans and whole ecosystems will react to low radiation levels caused by possible future accidents. Furthermore, most of the effects in animals (especially other mammals) can be applicable when we try to make predictions about the direct and indirect effects of low radiation levels on humans.Based on the results in animals, we can focus on the most vulnerable physiological pathways, for example, determining sperm production and brain development.