Selenium and plants


  • Mateja GERM National Institute of Biology, Večna pot 111, Ljubljana, SI-1000, Slovenia
  • Vekoslava STIBILJ Jožef Stefan Institute, Jamova 39, Ljubljana, SI-1000, Slovenia



selenium, plants


Selenium is of metabolic importance in cyanobacteria and in some plants, being involved in
their antioxidative processes. Selenium is widely distributed on the Earth’s surface and
available for plants in at least small traces. Cultivation of plants enriched with selenium could
be an effective way of producing selenium rich foodstuffs and thereby increase health
benefits. The essentiality of selenium to higher plants is still under debate. Selenium can
increase the tolerance of plants to UV-induced oxidative stress, delay senescence, and
promote the growth of ageing seedlings. Recently it has been shown that selenium has the
ability to regulate the water status of plants under conditions of drought. The distribution and
speciation of selenium in plants and the effect of selenium alone and in combination with
some other environmental parameters is discussed.



15. 08. 2007



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How to Cite

GERM, M., & STIBILJ, V. (2007). Selenium and plants. Acta Agriculturae Slovenica, 89(1), 65–71.

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