Author(s): Mohapatra A, Rautray TR, Patra AK, Vijayan V, Mohanty RK
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Abstract During the present study concentration of nine elements (K, Ca, Mn, Fe, Cu, Zn, Se, Br and Pb) in different tissues of mud crab Scylla serrata from Mahanadi estuary, India were determined by the external PIXE set up at Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar, India. The study demonstrates the effectiveness of the technique in analyzing both soft and hard tissue samples from marine organisms and opens the door for non-destructive, multi-elemental analysis of tissue samples with a very little sample preparation by direct irradiation. This technique can be well utilized for analyzing the tissue samples for environmental, toxicological and nutritional purposes. The study also demonstrates the elemental concentrations from tissue samples of any crustaceans from Mahanadi estuary for the first time. Sex based difference in the elemental concentration of the mud crabs were marked, which may be related to the growth rate and other biological activities. No significant difference in the concentration of elements (Ca, Mn, Fe, Cu and Zn) in the tissues of juveniles and adults of respective sex is observed, which indicated the active regulation of these elements by S. serrata.
This article was published in Food Chem Toxicol
and referenced in Journal of Aquaculture Research & Development