Journal article

Silicon supplementation improves the nutritional and sensory characteristics of lentil seeds obtained from drought-stressed plants

Sajitha Biju, Sigfredo Fuentes, Claudia Gonzalez Viejo, Damir D Torrico, Sumayya Inayat, Dorin Gupta

Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Lentil is an important nutritionally rich pulse crop in the world. Despite having a prominent role in human health and nutrition, it is very unfortunate that global lentil production is adversely limited by drought stress, causing a huge decline in yield and productivity. Drought stress can also affect the nutritional profile of seeds. Silicon (Si) is an essential element for plants and a general component of the human diet found mainly in plant-based foods. This study investigated the effects of Si on nutritional and sensory properties of seeds obtained from lentil plants grown in an Si-supplied drought-stressed environment. RESULTS: Significant enhancements in the concentration..

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Grants

Awarded by Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), Australia


Funding Acknowledgements

We are grateful to the University of Melbourne for the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship given to Sajitha Biju and to the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), Australia, for the Grain Industry Research Scholarship (GRS-11011).