Skip to main content
Log in

Lead Content in Edible Wild Mushrooms in Northwest Spain as Indicator of Environmental Contamination

  • Published:
Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology Aims and scope Submit manuscript


Lead content was determined in wild growing mushrooms collected from two different areas in the Province of Lugo (NW Spain). It has been analyzed by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry in 95 samples of 13 species (7 mycorrhizals and 6 saprophites). In an assessment of lead concentrations, the following factors have been considered: species and ecology, morphological portion, and traffic pollution. The average lead concentration of the samples was 1 ppm dry weight (dw). Saprophite species presented higher levels than mycorrhizal ones (<1 ppm), Coprinus comatus reaching the maximum mean concentration with 2.06 and 2.79 ppm of dw in the hymenophore and the rest of the fruit body. Morphological portion, statistically, did not show significant difference between the two portions; however, Macrolepiota procera always presented lead high levels in the hymenophore in all samples. The effect due to traffic pollution has been specially observed in Coprinus comatus, presenting the highest concentration with values of 6.51 and 10.43 ppm, respectively, in samples collected in the city center. This species, as other researchers have indicated, could be considered as an indicator by lead contamination. The contribution of mushrooms to the weekly intake of lead was calculated and the posible health risk for the consumer is pointed out. These data are of great importance in view of toxicology and partly environmental protection.

This is a preview of subscription content, log in via an institution to check access.

Access this article

Subscribe and save

Springer+ Basic
EUR 32.99 /Month
  • Get 10 units per month
  • Download Article/Chapter or Ebook
  • 1 Unit = 1 Article or 1 Chapter
  • Cancel anytime
Subscribe now

Buy Now

Price excludes VAT (USA)
Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout.

Instant access to the full article PDF.

Similar content being viewed by others

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Additional information

Received: 3 July 1997/Accepted: 6 November 1997

Rights and permissions

Reprints and permissions

About this article

Cite this article

García, M., Alonso, J., Fernández, M. et al. Lead Content in Edible Wild Mushrooms in Northwest Spain as Indicator of Environmental Contamination. Arch. Environ. Contam. Toxicol. 34, 330–335 (1998).

Download citation

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI: