Selenium Affects Sulfur Uptake and Metabolism in Onions (Allium cepa L.)

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  • 1 Dept. of Horticulture, Univ. of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-7273.

The affects of selenium (Se) on sulfur (S) uptake and metabolism were evaluated in `Granex 33' onions. Plants were grown in a half-strength Hoagland's solution and modified with increasing Se fertility. Selenium was added as sodium selenate. During growth, plants were sampled biweekly and divided into root, bulb, and foliar tissue. Tissues were dried and ground for total S, and wet-ashed for total Se (GFAA). Selenium increased S uptake by onions. As Se increased in concentration, S utilization first increased then decreased in a quadratic trend.

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