Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 322, Issue 1, pp 173–182 | Cite as

The presence of radioactive and metal contaminants in wild mushrooms grown in Chattogram hill tracts, Bangladesh

  • Troyee Barua
  • A. K. M. Saiful Islam Bhuian
  • Shahadat Hossain
  • Nipa Deb
  • Mahiuddin Ahmed
  • Shahadat Hossain
  • Md. Abdur Rashid
  • Mayeen Uddin KhandakerEmail author


Wild mushrooms are considered as bioindicators of environmental pollution. Different species of mushrooms (edible and medicinal), commonly available in Chattogram hill tracts (CHT) area of Bangladesh, were analyzed for prevailing concentrations of heavy metals and radioactive materials via atomic absorption spectroscopy and γ-ray spectrometry, respectively. The metal contents in some species show higher than the levels recommended by WHO/FAO for metals in food and vegetables. In case of terrestrial radionuclides, the concentrations of 232Th and 40K exceeded the global average value of 82 Bq/kg and 310 Bq/kg, respectively (UNSCEAR, 2000). Since the studied mushroom grew naturally, the obtained results provide useful information on the presence of radioactive-, toxic- and essential elements in the CHT area which may require for any further study of other environmental matrices in this area.


Wild mushroom Edible and medicinal species Bioindicators, radioactive-, toxic- and essential metal Base values 



The cooperation from the staffs of the radiation testing and monitoring laboratory for the measurements of the samples are greatly acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsChittagong University of Engineering and TechnologyChattogramBangladesh
  2. 2.Atomic Energy Centre, ChattogramBangladesh Atomic Energy CommissionChattogramBangladesh
  3. 3.Centre for Biomedical Physics, School of Healthcare and Medical SciencesSunway UniversityBandar SunwayMalaysia

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