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Chemosphere. 2006 Sep;64(11):1837-44. Epub 2006 Mar 10.

Antimony content of macrofungi from clean and polluted areas.

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Institute of Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Mineral Resources, Charles University, Albertov 6, CZ-12843 Prague 2, Czech Republic.


Species of macrofungi (mushrooms) were collected from clean areas and analyzed for their antimony content. These were compared to species collected from extremely polluted areas in the vicinity of a lead smelter and on mine and slag dumps. Antimony content was determined using long-term instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). Ectomycorrhizal and terrestrial saprobic macrofungi were examined. Antimony content of macrofungi from the clean areas was mostly less than 100 microg kg(-1) (dry mass). The highest concentrations (units of mg kg(-1)) were found in various species of the ectomycorrhizal genera Chalciporus and Suillus. Antimony contents of macrofungi growing in the polluted areas were considerably higher. The highest content was found in a single collection of Chalciporus piperatus (1,423 mg kg(-1)).

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