Plant Foods for Human Nutrition

, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 69–88 | Cite as

Multiple use of plants: Studies on selenium incorporation in some agricultural species for the production of organic selenium compounds

  • Svante Nyberg


The technique of spraying plants with inorganic forms of selenium can be employed for phytochemical production of organic selenium compounds. Fractionation of the plant material makes it possible to produce a highly concentrated and well defined selenium supplement with potential use in animal and human nutrition. The fractionation also gives opportunities to combine production of organic selenium compounds with other products, for example plant fibres. Multiple use of plants can contribute to a more efficient utilization of land area (in comparison to monocultures solely adapted to food production). It also gives the opportunity to develop systems suitable for long term fixation of carbon, as long as the plant material is not reoxidised to carbon dioxide. Plant fibres could provide raw material for the production of paper or building materials in combination with the production of organic selenium compounds preferentially accumulated in another fraction of the processed plant.

Key words

selenium nutrition plant spraying multiple use Helianthus tuberosus Medicago sativa Brassica napus polarography 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Svante Nyberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Natural Resources ManagementUniversity of StockholmStockholmSweden

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