Biological Trace Element Research

, Volume 60, Issue 1–2, pp 27–37 | Cite as

Determination of trace boron in microsamples of biological tissues

  • Kim A. Anderson
  • Matthew L. Tschirgi
Original Articles


A benign-by-design method for the determination of boron (B) in microsamples of biological tissues was developed. This is a simple, automated, microdigestion method. Use of reagents and generation of waste are minimized, and the use of toxic/hazardous reagents is eliminated as compared to currently available B methodology. Microsamples are accommodated by the method; 100–400 mg sam ples were used in this study. B is determined by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICPAES) at 249.678 nm. The instrument detection limit for B is 0.01 Μg/mL. Interference studies have been investigated for 21 common elements. Over 250 analyses of standard reference materials were analyzed during the study dura tion. Recoveries for a series of biological tissues, both plant and ani mal, ranged from 82–104%.

Index Entries

Boron biological tissues ICPAES trace elements microsamples interferences to boron analysis microdigestion pollution prevention 


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© Humana Press Inc. 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kim A. Anderson
    • 1
    • 2
  • Matthew L. Tschirgi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Food Science and Toxicology, Holm Research CenterUniversity of IdahoMoscow
  2. 2.Analytical Sciences Laboratory, Holm Research CenterUniversity of IdahoMoscow

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