Biological Aspects of Selenium and Silicon Nanoparticles in the Terrestrial Environments

  • Hassan El-Ramady
  • Tarek Alshaal
  • Nevien Elhawat
  • Eman El-Nahrawy
  • Alaa El-Dein Omara
  • Sahar El-Nahrawy
  • Tamer Elsakhawy
  • Azza Ghazi
  • Neama Abdalla
  • Miklós Fári


The application of both selenium (Se) and silicon (Si) could ameliorate different negative effects of abiotic and/or biotic stresses on plant growth. Under salt-stress conditions, selenium and silicon also could improve plant growth as well as increase the activity of enzymatic antioxidants, improving the balance of ions and osmotic adjustment. They could also use as a resistance provider against plant diseases and the attacks of insects as well as a nutrient supplement. They could also maintain the fertility of soils through improving the bioavailability of nutrients in soils for plants. Apart from selenium and silicon, nano-selenium and nano-silicon have gained a great attention nowadays as eco-friendly technologies. These technologies are considered very important for expanding the biological applications of the nanomaterials. These Se- and Si-nanomaterials have been developed in the field of nanotechnology in order to biosynthesize different nanomaterials for more applications. Many organisms recently have been used in biosynthesizing different varieties of inorganic nanomaterials in well-defined chemical composition. Nano-selenium and nano-silicon are considered promising nanoparticles in agriculture due to their significant roles in the biological systems. Many benefits could be gained from using these nanomaterials such as protection of plants against diseases and different stresses. These nanoparticles should be investigated in more details concerning the nano-safety research. Therefore, this chapter focuses on the beneficial roles of selenium and silicon elements for higher plants in the terrestrial environments, especially plant growth, uptake, and metabolism as well as biogenic synthesis of their elements by some organisms.


Selenium Silicon Higher plants Terrestrial environments Biogenic synthesis 



Authors thank the outstanding contribution of STDF research teams (Science and Technology Development Fund, Egypt) and MBMF/DLR (the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of the Federal Republic of Germany) (Project ID 5310) for their help. Great support from this German-Egyptian Research Fund (GERF) is gratefully acknowledged. Also, authors would like to thank Tempus Public Foundation (TPF), Hungary, for co-financing this work and (Project ID: EFOP-3.6.2-16-2017-00001) research of complex rural economic and sustainable development, elaboration of its service networks in the Carpathian basin.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hassan El-Ramady
    • 1
  • Tarek Alshaal
    • 1
    • 2
  • Nevien Elhawat
    • 2
    • 3
  • Eman El-Nahrawy
    • 4
  • Alaa El-Dein Omara
    • 4
  • Sahar El-Nahrawy
    • 4
  • Tamer Elsakhawy
    • 4
  • Azza Ghazi
    • 4
  • Neama Abdalla
    • 5
  • Miklós Fári
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Agriculture, Soil and Water DepartmentKafrelsheikh UniversityKafr El-SheikhEgypt
  2. 2.Agricultural Botanic, Plant Physiology and Biotechnology DepartmentUniversity of DebrecenDebrecenHungary
  3. 3.Faculty of Home Economic, Department of Biological and Environmental SciencesAl-Azhar UniversityCairoEgypt
  4. 4.Agricultural Microbiology Department, Soil, Water and Environment Research Institute (SWERI), Sakha Agricultural Research StationAgriculture Research Center (ARC)Kafr El-SheikhEgypt
  5. 5.Genetic Engineering Division, Plant Biotechnology DepartmentNational Research CenterGizaEgypt

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