Cadmium, lead and zinc contents of sporocarps of some basidiomycetous fungi within gharbia governorate, Egypt.

  • Y A-G Mahmoud
  • S M Amer
  • S M El-Souod


Zinc, cadmium and lead concentrations were determined in sporocarps of Ganoderma applanatum (Pers.ex Wallr.), Ganoderma lucidum (Leys.) Fr., Heteroporus biennis (Bull.exFr.), Lycoperdon molle (Pers.: Pers), Lycoperdon pyriforme (Schaeff.ex Pers.), Peniophora incarnata (Fr.) Karst.syn, Pisolithus tinctorius (Mich.ex Prs) Coker & Couch, Pleurotus foliicola (Pat. & Lagarde), Polyporus hispidus (Bull.: Fr.) Fr.) and Scleroderma citrinum (Pers) collected from Gharbia governorate, Egypt during (2003-2004). The highest concentration of zinc and cadmium was recorded from Polyporus hispidus basidiocarp, which gave 98±8.0 and 0.54±0.04 mg/kg dry wt, respectively. However, Peniophora sp.incarnata fruiting bodies contained 48±4.04 mg/kg dry wt of lead. Determination of zinc, cadmium and lead is very important from the economic value of these fungi when used for human or animal feed and/or plants as biofertilizers.

New Egyptian Journal of Microbiology Vol. 17 (2) 2007: pp. 89-94

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