Student Author Information

Kayla CopemanFollow

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Campus Access Only

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

April 2019

Department

Chemistry

Abstract

Wild edible mushrooms are considered a delicacy to many people. The Lynchburg area is home to some of the most prized edible mushroom species in the world. A hobby for some, mushroom harvesting is a great way to explore the outdoors and indulge in the various delicious mushrooms. Given that there is little to no literature on the elemental analysis of these mushroom species, research will provide a better understanding of the nutritional value that the mushrooms provide. Mushroom samples were collected during the summer of 2018 in the Lynchburg, Appomattox and Williamsburg, VA areas. The mushroom samples were prepared for elemental analysis using microwave acid digestion. The elemental analysis was performed using Microwave Plasma Atomic Emission Spectroscopy. From the data, the nutritional values were determined based on the average daily percentages of macro and micro minerals.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Priscilla Gannicott

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Apr 10th, 3:15 PM

Elemental Analysis of Wild Edible Mushrooms using MP-AES

Wild edible mushrooms are considered a delicacy to many people. The Lynchburg area is home to some of the most prized edible mushroom species in the world. A hobby for some, mushroom harvesting is a great way to explore the outdoors and indulge in the various delicious mushrooms. Given that there is little to no literature on the elemental analysis of these mushroom species, research will provide a better understanding of the nutritional value that the mushrooms provide. Mushroom samples were collected during the summer of 2018 in the Lynchburg, Appomattox and Williamsburg, VA areas. The mushroom samples were prepared for elemental analysis using microwave acid digestion. The elemental analysis was performed using Microwave Plasma Atomic Emission Spectroscopy. From the data, the nutritional values were determined based on the average daily percentages of macro and micro minerals.