A long journey of CICA-17 quinoa variety to salinity conditions in Egypt: Mineral concentration in the seeds

González Juan A., Hinojosa Leonardo, Mercado María I., Fernández-Turiel José Luis, Bazile Didier, Ponessa Graciela I., Eisa Sayed, González Daniela A., Rejas Marta, Hussin Sayed, Abd El-Samad Emad H., Abdel-Ati Ahmed, Ebrahim Mohamed E. A.. 2021. A long journey of CICA-17 quinoa variety to salinity conditions in Egypt: Mineral concentration in the seeds. Plants, 10 (2):407, 13 p.

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Abstract : Quinoa may be a promising alternative solution for arid regions, and it is necessary to test yield and mineral accumulation in grains under different soil types. Field experiments with Chenopodium quinoa (cv. CICA-17) were performed in Egypt in non-saline (electrical conductivity, 1.9 dS m−1) and saline (20 dS m−1) soils. Thirty-four chemical elements were studied in these crops. Results show different yields and mineral accumulations in the grains. Potassium (K), P, Mg, Ca, Na, Mn, and Fe are the main elements occurring in the quinoa grains, but their concentrations change between both soil types. Besides, soil salinity induced changes in the mineral pattern distribution among the different grain organs. Sodium was detected in the pericarp but not in other tissues. Pericarp structure may be a shield to prevent sodium entry to the underlying tissues but not for chloride, increasing its content in saline conditions. Under saline conditions, yield decreased to near 47%, and grain sizes greater than 1.68 mm were unfavored. Quinoa may serve as a complementary crop in the marginal lands of Egypt. It has an excellent nutrition perspective due to its mineral content and has a high potential to adapt to semi-arid and arid environments.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Chenopodium quinoa, Salinité du sol, Teneur en éléments minéraux, Zone aride, Zone semi-aride, Expérimentation au champ, Bioaccumulation

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Égypte

Mots-clés libres : Chenopodium quinoa Willd., Salinity, Mineral concentration, Food, Extremen environment

Classification Agris : F60 - Plant physiology and biochemistry
F01 - Crops

Champ stratégique Cirad : CTS 2 (2019-) - Transitions agroécologiques

Auteurs et affiliations

  • González Juan A., Fundación Miguel Lillo (ARG) - auteur correspondant
  • Hinojosa Leonardo, University of Amsterdam (NLD)
  • Mercado María I., Fundación Miguel Lillo (ARG)
  • Fernández-Turiel José Luis, Geosciences Barcelona (ESP)
  • Bazile Didier, CIRAD-ES-UMR SENS (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0001-5617-9319
  • Ponessa Graciela I., Fundación Miguel Lillo (ARG)
  • Eisa Sayed, Ain Shams University (EGY)
  • González Daniela A., CONICET (ARG)
  • Rejas Marta, Geosciences Barcelona (ESP)
  • Hussin Sayed, Ain Shams University (EGY)
  • Abd El-Samad Emad H., NRC (EGY)
  • Abdel-Ati Ahmed, DRC (EGY)
  • Ebrahim Mohamed E. A., General Organization for Agriculture Equalization Fund (EGY)

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