Biological Trace Element Research

, Volume 93, Issue 1–3, pp 249–256 | Cite as

Effect of the application of selenium on selenium content of soybean and its products

  • Fangmei Yang
  • Licheng Chen
  • Qiuhui Hu
  • Genxing Pan


Two experiments were conducted to study the effect of the application of selenium on the selenium content of soybean and its products in two counties with selenium-deficient soil. Selenium-enriched soybean was produced by the application of sodium selenite and Se-enriched fertilizer. The selenium contents of soybeans, soybean protein and okra were determined by hydride-generation atomic fluorescence spectrometry. The results showed that the selenium contents of soybean, soybean protein, and okra were significantly increased by the application of sodium selenite and selenium-enriched fertilizer. Foliar application of selenium provided a higher efficiency for increasing the selenium content of soybean than soil application. Significant differences were found in that soybean cultivars exhibited different accumulation of selenium. There was no remarkable difference in soybean yield, soybean protein, and lipid between selenium and control. The selenium-enriched protein derived from selenium-enriched soybean could be used as a functional ingredient and soybean okra as a selenium-enriched feed for animals for increasing selenium intake.

Index Entries

Selenium selenium-enriched soybean soybean protein soybean okra 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fangmei Yang
    • 1
  • Licheng Chen
    • 1
  • Qiuhui Hu
    • 1
  • Genxing Pan
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Food Science and TechnologyNanjing Agricultural UniversityNanjingPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.College of Resources and Environmental ScienceNanjing Agricultural UniversityNanjingPeople’s Republic of China

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