Biological Trace Element Research

, Volume 151, Issue 1, pp 113–121 | Cite as

A Dual Role of Se on Cd Toxicity: Evidences from the Uptake of Cd and Some Essential Elements and the Growth Responses in Paddy Rice



This study was carried out to investigate the effects of selenium (Se) on the uptake and translocation of cadmium (Cd) and essential elements in paddy rice (Oryza sativa L., Shuangyou 998). Selenium could alleviate/aggravate Cd toxicity in paddy rice, which depended on the dosages of Se and/or Cd. When Cd treatment level was as low as 35.6 μM, ≤12.7 μM Se could inhibit the uptake of Cd in paddy rice and increase the biomass of paddy rice; however, with Cd levels reaching 89–178 μM, the addition of Se resulted in increases in Cd uptake and exacerbated the growth of paddy rice. Cd always inhibited the uptake of Se. Cd alone suppressed the uptake of Ca, Mg, Mn, Cu, and Zn; however, Se reversed the decreases in the concentrations of the said elements, suggesting an element regulation mechanism to relieve Cd toxicity. Without Cd in the solution, low doses of Se increased the biomasses of shoots and roots at the expense of the more or less decreases in the concentrations of Ca, Mg, K, Fe, Mn, Cu, and shoot Zn, indicating an antagonistic effect of Se on these cations. The presence of Cd could also reverse these decreases especially at the highest treatment levels for both Se and Cd, also suggesting an element regulation mechanism responsible for the detoxification of high dosages of Se. Consequently, when Se is used to alleviate Cd toxicity, attention must be paid to the Cd pollution extent and doses of Se supplement.


Antagonism Uptake Essential element Element regulation Synergism 



This research was supported by the Central Public Research Institute Basic Fund for Research and Development (11-szjj-frw), the National Science Foundation of China (41103075), and the President Funding of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (2011-frw-11).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Research in Ecotoxicology and Environmental Remediation, Institute of Agro-Environmental ProtectionThe Ministry of AgricultureTianjinChina
  2. 2.Open Key Laboratory of Agro-environment and Food Safety of Ministry of AgricultureTianjinChina
  3. 3.Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources ResearchChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  4. 4.College of Resources and EnvironmentHuazhong Agricultural UniversityWuhanChina

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