Economic Botany

, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 268–273 | Cite as

Chemical composition of teff (Eragrostis tef) compared with that of wheat, barley and grain sorghum

  • Melak H. Mengesha


The chemical composition of teff, analyzed from uncontaminated seeds, revealed the superiority of the species in mineral nutritive value. Teff’s exceedingly high iron and calcium content was confirmed. The high iron content of teff reported by the Ethiopia Nutrition Survey must have been due to certain inherent factors of the species, not only a result of contamination. The magnitude of mineral absorption varied among tested teff strains which was considered an important criterion for future selection program within the species.


Sorghum Iron Content Economic Botany Winter Barley High Iron Content 
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© The New York Botanical Garden 1966

Authors and Affiliations

  • Melak H. Mengesha
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Plant SciencesHaile Selassie I University, College of AgricultureAlemayaEthiopia

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