Selenium: Prospects of Functional Food Production with High Antioxidant Activity

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Part of the Reference Series in Phytochemistry book series (RSP)


The essentiality of selenium for mammals including human beings, its powerful antioxidant properties, and synergism with other natural antioxidants elicit intensive investigations in agricultural and medicinal crop products with high levels of selenium, phenolics, and other antioxidants. The present chapter demonstrates the most interesting results of such studies revealing high possibilities of selenium biofortification, increase in soil selenium bioavailability via arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) and Se-dependent bacteria application, and discovery of new medicinal plants – Se accumulators with high antioxidant activity. Moreover, special attention has been paid to the production of functional food with artificially high selenium and antioxidant content: sprouts and microgreens fortified with selenium, medicinal mushrooms.


Selenium Biofortification Antioxidants Medicinal plants Functional food 



Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory Analytical DepartmentFederal Scientific Center of Vegetable ProductionMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Laboratory of Selection and Seed Production of Green, Spice and Flower CropsFederal Scientific Center of Vegetable ProductionMoscowRussia
  3. 3.Department of Agricultural SciencesUniversity of Naples Federico IINaplesItaly

Section editors and affiliations

  • K. G. Ramawat
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BotanyUniversity College of Science, M. L. Sukhadia UniversityUdaipurIndia

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