Biological Trace Element Research

, Volume 134, Issue 2, pp 212–219 | Cite as

The Heavy Metal Content of Wild Edible Mushroom Samples Collected in Canakkale Province, Turkey



In this study, concentrations of heavy metals (Cd, Cr, Cu, Pb, and Zn) were determined in three edible mushroom species (Lactarius deliciosus, Russula delica, and Rhizopogon roseolus) collected in five sampling sites in Canakkale province, Turkey. Mean values of Cd, Cr, Cu, Pb, and Zn were 0.72, 0.26, 28.34, 1.53, and 64.62 mg/kg, respectively. The highest concentrations of Cd, Cu, Pb, and Zn were determined in species R. delica, while Cr was observed in L. deliciosus. In terms of the nutritional aspect, taking into account the concentration of Provisional Tolerable Weekly Intake recommended by FAO/WHO, the maximum concentration of Cd is a restrictive factor for consumption of the collected mushroom species. The concentrations of the other elements have no health risks when consumed at optimal levels.


Edible wild mushroom Canakkale Heavy metals Turkey 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Akın Çayır
    • 1
  • Münevver Coşkun
    • 1
  • Mahmut Coşkun
    • 2
  1. 1.College for Health ServiceÇanakkale Onsekiz Mart UniversityÇanakkaleTurkey
  2. 2.Faculty of MedicineÇanakkale Onsekiz Mart UniversityÇanakkaleTurkey

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