Arsenic Influence on Genetic Variation in Grain Trace-Element Nutrient Content in Bengal Delta Grown Rice

Gareth J. Norton, Tapash Dasgupta, M. Rafiqul Islam, Shofiqul Islam, Claire M. Deacon, Fang-Jie Zhao, Jacqueline L. Stroud, Steve P. McGrath, Joerg Feldmann, Adam H. Price, Andrew A. Meharg

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It has previously been shown that across different arsenic (As) soil environments, a decrease in grain selenium (Se), zinc (Zn), and nickel (Ni) concentrations is associated with an increase in grain As. In this study we aim to determine if there is a genetic element for this observation or if it is driven by the soil As environment To determine the genetic and environmental effect on grain element composition, multielement analysis using ICP-MS was performed on rice grain from a range of rice cultivars grown in 4 different field sites (2 in Bangladesh and 2 in West Bengal). At all four sites a negative correlation was observed between grain As and grain Ni, while at three of the four sites a negative correlation was observed between grain As and grain Se and grain copper (Cu). For manganese, Ni, Cu, and Se there was also a significant genetic interaction with grain arsenic indicating some cultivars are more strongly affected by arsenic than others.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8284-8288
Number of pages5
JournalEnvironmental Science & Technology
Issue number21
Early online date29 Sep 2010
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2010


  • quantitative trait loci
  • staple food crops
  • micronutrient density
  • edible portions
  • selenium
  • biofortification
  • Bangladesh
  • health
  • wheat
  • iron

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