Mushrooms as biological monitors of trace elements in the environment

G. Ingrao, P. Belloni, G.P. Santaroni

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Mushrooms as a functional system relating to the most important environmental compartments (soil, water, air), may be used advantageously as biological monitors of the state of the environment. In particular the aerial parts of the mushroom (head and stem), because of their rapid growth rate from a few days to a few weeks, could be a useful indicator of fluctuations that may occur in the ecosystem. In this study the levels of fallout radionuclides134Cs,137Cs, due mostly to the Chernobyl nuclear accident, of natural radionuclide40K and of the stable elements Se, Hg, Cr, Cs, Sc, Rb, Zn, Fe, Co, Eu, Sb, Ag, Ce, Ba, Ni present in the head and stem of mushroom samples from an area of the Italian Alps were measured. The analytical technique used was Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis and gamma-spectrometry. The results are discussed and possible correlations with other environmental parameters are examined. © 1992 Akadémiai Kiadó.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113 - 120
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Radioanalytical Chemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1992
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry

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