Applied Biochemistry and Microbiology

, Volume 37, Issue 5, pp 524–527

Forms of Silicon in Medicinal Plants

  • M. P. Kolesnikov
  • V. K. Gins

DOI: 10.1023/A:1010262527643

Cite this article as:
Kolesnikov, M.P. & Gins, V.K. Applied Biochemistry and Microbiology (2001) 37: 524. doi:10.1023/A:1010262527643


The contents of three forms of silicon (organic, soluble mineral, and polymeric) were determined in leaves of 21 medicinal plants. At a total content of silicon of 0.74 to 3.59%, the organic, soluble mineral, and polymeric forms accounted for 0.51–1.91%, 0.05–0.51%, and 0.1–1.21%, respectively. An analysis of silicon in the condensed polyphenol fraction was performed for the first time revealing the presence of a covalently bound form in amounts of 0.1 to 0.2% of the total silicon content in the leaves. These results are of interest for food or medical applications of the plants studied.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. P. Kolesnikov
    • 1
  • V. K. Gins
    • 2
  1. 1.Bach Institute of BiochemistryRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.All-Russia Research Institute of Plant Breeding and Seed Growing of Vegetable CropsRussian Academy of Agricultural SciencesOdintsovo, Moscow oblastRussia

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