Cs content in the fruit bodies of various Tuber species

R. Lorenzelli, A. Zambonelli, F. Serra, A. Lamma

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In this research, the concentration of137Cs in the fruit bodies of the Tuber species T. magnatum Pico, T. borchii Vitt., T. aestivum Vitt., and T. excavatum Vitt. collected in three different regions of Italy was determined. The values obtained have been compared to the soil concentration of137Cs, and the transfer factor was determined. The radiocesium content of the examined fruit bodies ranged from 2.5 Bq kg-1to 33.3 Bq kg-1fresh weight: the median transfer factor values of the four species ranged between 0.06 and 0.6. Our findings indicate thai the radiocesium level in truffles from these regions of Italy is generally low, and, thus, their consumption is not of radiological concern. The results may suggest certain hypotheses as to the mechanisms involved in radiocesium uptake in these fungi.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)956 - 959
Number of pages4
JournalHealth Physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Epidemiology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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Lorenzelli, R., Zambonelli, A., Serra, F., & Lamma, A. (1996). Cs content in the fruit bodies of various Tuber species. Health Physics, 71(6), 956 - 959. https://doi.org/10.1097/00004032-199612000-00014