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Agronomy Journal Abstract -

Selenium Uptake and Conversion by Certain Crop Plants1


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  1. Vol. 55 No. 6, p. 528-531
    Received: May 2, 1963

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  1. J. W. Hamilton and
  2. O. A. Beath3



All plants studied possess the ability to absorb selenium from the soil. This selenium is metabolized and stored in the plant tissue in sufficient quantities to render the plant material capable of producing toxic effects when eaten by animals. All plants and, in some instances, their seeds or grains contained both organic and inorganic selenium. Flaxseed, safflower seed, and the root portion of sugar beets contained relatively low levels. Sunflower plants possessed the highest selenium-absorbing ability.

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