Are any mushrooms known to contain hydroxylamines?

John Chalmers jhchalme at
Mon Aug 13 03:57:18 EST 2001

I think it was Bruce Ames who stated that a raw A. bisporus in a salad
contains more carcinogenic hydrazines than an apple sprayed with Alar. I
imagine that cooking removes a lot of the hydrazines, though I believe
false morels have to be parboiled or dried first  and even then it's
pretty chancy. I've never tried them.

I checked in one of my biochem books and cytosine is the target for
hydroxylamine in DNA.


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