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International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
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ISSN Print: 1521-9437
ISSN Online: 1940-4344

International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms

DOI: 10.1615/IntJMedMushrooms.v17.i6.100
pages 601-605

Arsenic in Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms from Southwest China

Ji Zhang
Institute of Medicinal Plants, Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Kunming, People's Republic of China
Honggao Liu
College of Food Science and Technology, Yunnan Agricultural University, 650201 Kunming, China
Shi-Jun Li
College of Food Science and Technology, Yunnan Agricultural University, 650201 Kunming, China
Jie-Qing Li
College of Food Science and Technology, Yunnan Agricultural University, 650201 Kunming, China
Yuanzhong Wang
Institute of Medicinal Plants, Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Kunming, People's Republic of China
Tao Li
College of Resources and Environment, Yuxi Normal University, 653100 Yuxi, China

ABSTRACT

Many species of wild-grown mushrooms are appreciated as food and also found use in traditional medicine. As arsenic is one of the most hazardous elements due to the carcinogenic risk, the contents of total arsenic in 48 species of wild-grown edible and medicinal mushrooms in China were determined by atomic fluorescence spectrometry. The results showed that the highest content was found in Scleroderma citrinum (1.70 mg kg−1 dry weight, dw), whereas the lowest content was found in Termitomyces eurrhius (0.17 mg kg−1 dw).