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Evaluation of the Potential of Peas (Pisum sativum L.) to Be Used in Selenium Biofortification Programs Under Mediterranean Conditions.
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PMID:  23129527     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Selenium (Se), which has antioxidant, anticancer, and antiviral properties, is an essential micronutrient for humans and animals. This micronutrient is found in high quantity in legumes. Peas have an ever-increasing importance in Spain, and to increase their nutritional value, two foliar Se fertilizers: sodium selenate and sodium selenite, at five different rates: 0, 10, 20, 40, 80 g ha(-1), were studied during the 2010/2011 crop season on semiarid Mediterranean conditions. Sodium selenate was much more effectively taken up by plants compared to sodium selenite. There was a strong linear relationship between the total Se content and Se rate in both sodium selenate and selenite. For each gram of Se fertilization as either sodium selenate or sodium selenite, the increase of total Se concentration in the grain was 148 and 19 μg Se kg(-1) dry weight, respectively. Ingestion of 100 g of peas previously fertilized with 10 g of sodium selenate per hectare would result in an intake of 179 μg of Se. This is almost 90 % of the daily recommended dose needed to reduce the chance of some cancers and about 179 % of the minimum concentration required to prevent Se deficiency diseases in animals. The pea has shown to have a strong ability to uptake and accumulate Se under Mediterranean conditions; therefore, this would make it a very strong candidate for inclusion in biofortification programs aiming to increase Se in the food chain.
María J Poblaciones; Sara M Rodrigo; Oscar Santamaría
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-6
Journal Detail:
Title:  Biological trace element research     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1559-0720     ISO Abbreviation:  Biol Trace Elem Res     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
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Created Date:  2012-11-6     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7911509     Medline TA:  Biol Trace Elem Res     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Ingeniería del Medio Agronómico y Forestal, University of Extremadura, Avda. Adolfo Suárez s/n, 06007, Badajoz, Spain,
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