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The effect of catch crop species on selenium availability for succeeding crops

Stavridou, Eleftheria; Young, Scott D. and Thorup-Kristensen, Kristian (2011) The effect of catch crop species on selenium availability for succeeding crops. Plant and Soil, 351, pp. 149-160.

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Summary

Background and Aims
Selenium (Se) is an essential nutrient for humans and animals. In order to ensure an optimal concentration of Se in crops, Se fertilisers are applied. Catch crops may be an alternative way to increase Se concentrations in vegetables.
Methods
Three experiments in Denmark between 2007–10 investigated the ability of catch crops (Italian ryegrass, fodder radish and hairy vetch) under different fertiliser regimes to reduce soil Se content in the autumn and to increase its availability in spring to the succeeding crop.
Results and Conclusions
The catch crops (Italian ryegrass and fodder radish) increased water-extractable Se content in the 0.25–0.75 m soil layer in only one of the experiments. Selenium uptake by the catch crops varied between 65 and 3263 mg ha−1, depending on species, year and fertilisation treatment; this corresponded to 0.1–3.0% of the water-extractable soil Se content. The influence of catch crops on Se concentrations and uptake in onions and cabbage was low. There was a decrease in Se uptake and recovery of applied Se by onions following catch crops, which might indicate Se immobilisation during catch crop decomposition.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Cover crops – Green manure – Mineralisation – Leaching – Onion – Cabbage
Subjects: Farming Systems > Farm nutrient management
Research affiliation: Denmark > DARCOF III (2005-2010) > VEGQURE - Organic cropping Systems for Vegetable production
Denmark > AU - Aarhus University > AU, DJF - Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
ISSN:0032-079X
DOI:DOI: 10.1007/s11104-011-0940-6
Deposited By: Stavridou, Dr. Eleftheria
ID Code:19588
Deposited On:08 Nov 2011 09:36
Last Modified:10 Jul 2012 11:46
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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