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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. jan.borovicka@myko.cz

Abstract

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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