Selenium biofortification in rice - A pragmatic perspective

Karliana Oliveira, Inês Maria Pataco, Mara Palma Mourinho, Cátia Santos, João Pelica, José Cochicho Ramalho, António Eduardo Leitão, Isabel P. Pais, Paula Scotti Campos, Fernando José Cebola Lidon, Fernando Henrique Reboredo, Maria Fernanda Pessoa

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Selenium is an antioxidant trace mineral with important biochemical functions related to the enzymatic activity of selenoproteins. Due to a wide variation in the content of selenium from different plant sources, there is a high risk of deficiency of this nutrient in human nutrition, and particularly in the early childhood. Thus, the use of biofortified staple foods, namely selenium rice flour can be understood as an important trait, namely for food production for infants. This study aims to evaluate the importance of selenium biofortified rice flour, further considering baby foods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-241
Number of pages11
JournalEmirates Journal of Food and Agriculture
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015


  • Baby food
  • Biofortification
  • Rice flour
  • Selenium


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