May 11 – 16, 2014
Casino Conference Centre
Europe/Prague timezone

Biogeochemical aspects of mineral content in yerba mate from Paraguay

May 16, 2014, 11:30 AM
Mirror Hall (Casino Conference Centre)

Mirror Hall

Casino Conference Centre

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Verbal Nuclear Analytical Methods Nuclear Analytical Methods 5


Prof. Juan F. Facetti-Masulli (Hydroconsult & Comisión de Energía Atómica)


Yerba mate, Ilex Paraguayensis, is a plant of paraguayan origin used in infusions by the ancient inhabitants of Paraguay as a “reviver”/energy beverage which consumption is lasting up today; furthermore, it is extended almost worldwide. In regard to its mineral content very few studies are known; moreover, none has been published related to the occurrence of REE (rare earth) and other refractory elements in the leaves. In this work, minor and trace elements composition have been investigated by XRF techniques to determine their correlation as well as provenance. The analysis of complex spectra was performed by the AXIL software and the quantitative analysis by the QAES software. Analyzed trace elements were the refractory Rb , Sr, Y, Zr, Nb, Ba, La, Ce, Nd , Y, 3d as Ti,Cr,Ni,Cu, Zn. Minor elements were Mn, Fe which are often related to the above refractory together with S, K, Ca, Br, I, Cs.

Primary author

Prof. Juan F. Facetti-Masulli (Hydroconsult & Comisión de Energía Atómica)


Dr Alicia Dávalos de Sánchez (Hydroconsult & Comisión de Energía Atómica) Dr Peter Kump (Josef Stefan Institute-39 Jamova Ljubjana-Slovenia)

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