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Macedonian - Chinese Study of Heavy Metal Content in Fungi

Posted on August 12, 2018 at 11:00 AM

A team from the Macedonian Mycological Society is currently working on the bilateral project ‘Heavy Metal Content in Selected Wild Mushrooms in Macedonia and Yunnan Province’ (1 Jan 2018 – 31 Dec 2019). It is part of the Macedonian-Chinese Scientific and Technological Cooperation Programme, supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Macedonia and the Ministry of Science and Technology of China. The team is led by Prof. Mitko Karadelev from the Institute of Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, and the host-partner is the mycological team led by Prof. Yang Zhuliang from the Key Laboratory for Plant Diversity and Biogeography of East Asia, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yunnan Province, China.


During his two-week visit to China during July and Aug 2018, observing numerous target localities in Yunnan Province, Prof. Mitko Karadelev also delivered a lecture on the topic of ‘Rare and Threatened Fungi in Macedonia and Neighbouring Areas’ at the Kunming Institute of Botany in Kunming. The Chinese scientists are slated to visit Macedonia next autumn.


The project aim is comparison of heavy metal content (Ni, Cu, Fe, Hg, Zn, Mn, Pb and Cd) of selected fungi and their substrates from several localities (3 polluted and one clean area) in Macedonia (Kicevo, Bitola and Veles vs. Kozjak as a clean and non-industrialised area.) and in Yunnan Province in China accordingly. The project outcome will be establishment of the pollution level in the studied areas according to the heavy metal content in selected most common and widely distributed species occurring in both countries, belonging to the genera Agaricus, Amanita, Boletus, Marasmius, Russula, Stereum, Trametes, etc. and to different fungi groups (comestible, medicinal, poisonous, terricolous, lignicolous). These efforts will ensure accurate evaluation of polluted areas, proposing appropriate mitigation measurements, beneficial for environmental protection in both countries.


Photographs credit: Mitko Karadelev.

Trogia venenata, a deadly poisonous mushroom from Yunnan Province, China; July 2018.

Phallus indusiatus, commonly called the veiled lady, is an edible mushroom found in Yunnan Province, China, July 2018.

Hydnellum sp., found in Yunnan Province, China, in July 2018.