J. Phys. IV France
Volume 107, May 2003
Page(s) 447 - 450

J. Phys. IV France
107 (2003) 447
DOI: 10.1051/jp4:20030337

Hg and Se in foodstuffs grown near a Hg mining area

I. Falnoga, V. Jereb and P. Smrkolj

Department of Environmental Sciences, Jozef Stefan Institute, Jamova 39, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Mercury contamination of local foodstuffs bas been investigated in an area highly polluted with mercury due to the former Idrija mercury mine activities from 1508-1994. The contents of mercury were checked in selected samples of seasonal vegetables. Determinations of selenium were included due to its beneficial effects against mercury toxicity in living organisms. The most interesting observation was that in carrot an increase of Hg content was accompanied by decrease of Se.

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