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Major and Trace Elements in Camel Milk
from Arid and Semi-arid Areas of the Southeastern Desert of Egypt

Mohamed Nageeb Rashed

Aswan Faculty of Science, South Valley University, Aswan, Egypt


Camels, in addition to their service as pack animals, provide useful amounts of milk to human . Desert camels differ from city ones in that it contains definite elements in high concentrations. In this study major ( Ca, Mg, Na and K) and trace ( Co, Cu, Cr, Mn, Ni, Fe and Zn) elements of biological interest as well as Pb of toxic effect were determined in camel milk from Allaqi desert at south east of Egypt,  and comparing the results with the same elements in camel milk from Aswan city and from Kalabsha area (semi arid). Study elements were also determined in feeding plants and soil  of camels pastures. The results reveal higher levels of Na, K, Mg, Mn, Co, Ni, Pb and Zn in milk of camel from Allaqi desert than those from Kalabsha and Aswan city as a result of the high levels of these elements in the feeding plants and soil of the Allaqi desert. Studied elements in all the studied milk were at the safe baseline levels for human uses.