Selenium biofortification on garlic growth and other nutrients accumulation

ABSTRACT Selenium (Se) is an essential element for humans and has anti-cancer function. Garlic can accumulate Se, so it is an option to Se supplementation in the human diet. The aim of this research was to study Se uptake and accumulation during garlic growth. Four doses of Na2SeO4 and Na2SeO3 solution were applied in the substrate (0, 5, 10 and 15 kg ha-1 Se) for one time in August 2014, with a random plot design and 3 replicates on garlic clone Rubi INTA. Three harvests were made, in September, October and December 2014. After each harvest, leaves, bulbs and roots were separated and conditioned (peeled and chopped), lyophilized, and finally acid-digested prior to Se, Mg, Zn, Mn, Cu, Fe, P and S determination by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). The Se accumulation was proportional to Se doses and did not affect garlic growth. Also, Se distribution among different organs was related to the garlic growth cycle. The Se presence decreased accumulation of Mg, Mn, Cu, Fe, P and S but increased Zn accumulation in plants. Garlic can be an important Se source to humans but it is important to consider Se-doses for biofortification.