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BBC News: 'Severe abnormalities' found in Fukushima butterflies

21 Août 2012 , Rédigé par JMB Publié dans #Spécial Japon

Exposure to radioactive material released into the environment has caused mutations in butterflies found in Japan, a study suggests.

pale-grass-blue-butterfly-fukushima-japan-papillon-malforma.jpgScientists found an increase in leg, antennae and wing shape mutations among butterflies collected following the 2011 Fukushima accident.

The link between the mutations and the radioactive material was shown by laboratory experiments, they report.

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The scientific publication here, and a video here

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: A healthy adult pale grass blue butterfly (top) and a mutated variety (bottom) with shriveled wings.

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