Articles | Volume 52, issue 4
10 Oct 2009
 | 10 Oct 2009

The content of chosen chemical elements in wool of sheep of different origins and breeds

B. Patkowska-Sokoła, Z. Dobrzański, K. Osman, R. Bodkowski, and K. Zygadlik

Abstract. The following chemical elements in sheep wool originating from Poland (Polish Mountain Sheep), Greece (Karagounico breed), and Syria (Awassi breed) were analysed: macroelements (Ca, P, Na, K, Mg, S), trace elements (Al, Ba, Co, Cu, Fe, Mn, Mo, Sr, Ti, Zn) and heavy metals (As, Cd Hg, Pb). Some statistically significant differences were observed between the content of the examined elements in sheep wool collected in the above countries. Sulphur, calcium, sodium and potassium were found in the highest amounts, while arsenic, cadmium and mercury occurred in the lowest quantity.