Arsenic contamination in radish tuber investigated by means of mri and icp oes

Simona Marconi*, Claudio Beni, Alessandra Ciampa, Giampietro Diana, Ulderico Neri, Rita Aromolo, Paolo Sequi, Massimiliano Valentini

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Arsenic (As) is a highly toxic element and its presence in food is a matter of concern for the well-being of both animals and humans. Arsenic-contaminated groundwater is used in agriculture to irrigate crops for food and animal consumption with a potential contamination of the food chain. The purpose of this study was the evaluation of arsenic effect on radish tuber (Raphanus sativus. L.). Experimental plots with sandy and clay-loamy soil were cultivated with radish and treated with three different concentrations of As water solution: 19, 44 and 104 μg/L. Magnetic resonance imaging was used to visualize the tuber structural changes, and the content of elements and the As amount were evaluated by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy. The data obtained demonstrate that As contamination in radish tuber is underlined with the dual approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)529-543
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Food Quality
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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