Agronomic biofortification with selenium improves the yield and nutraceutical quality in tomato under soilless conditions


  • Jazmín M. GAUCIN-DELGADO Instituto Tecnológico Nacional de México- Instituto Tecnológico de Torreón (ITT), Torreón, Coahuila 27170 (MX)
  • Luis G. HERNÁNDEZ-MONTIEL Centro de Investigación Biológica del Noroeste de México (CIBNOR S.C.), La Paz, B.C.S. 23096 (MX)
  • Esteban SÁNCHEZ-CHAVEZ Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo de Alimentos AC. Delicias, Chihuahua (MX)
  • Hortensia ORTEGA-ORTIZ Centro de Investigación en Química Aplicada (CIQA), Enrique Reyna H. No. 140, San José de los Cerritos, 25294 Saltillo, Coahuila (MX)
  • Manuel FORTIS-HERNÁNDEZ Instituto Tecnológico Nacional de México- Instituto Tecnológico de Torreón (ITT), Torreón, Coahuila 27170 (MX)
  • Juan Jose REYES-PÉREZ Universidad Técnica Estatal de Quevedo, Quevedo EC 120501, Los Ríos (EC)
  • Pablo PRECIADO-RANGEL Instituto Tecnológico Nacional de México- Instituto Tecnológico de Torreón (ITT), Torreón, Coahuila 27170 (MX)



biofortification; nutraceutical quality; Solanum lycopersicum L.


Selenium (Se) is an essential element for humans. Its consumption comes from food of animal or vegetal origin; whose content varies widely depending on its availability in soil or anthropogenic sources. Biofortification improves food nutritional quality, and its consumption has a positive influence in human health. Thus, the objective of this research was to assess agricultural biofortification with Se in tomato fruit and its effects on yield, nutraceutical quality, and antioxidant capacity.  Five Se doses (0, 2, 4, 6, and 8 mg L-1) in the form of sodium selenite (Na2SeO3) were added in a nutritional solution in a hydroponic system.  The results obtained indicated that agricultural biofortification with Se applied in the nutritional solution improved yield, nutraceutical quality, and Se concentration in tomato fruit. The optimum Se dose that maximized yield and nutraceutical quality, as well as the recommended consumption concentration in tomato fruit in this study was 2 mg L-1 (Na2SeO4) because higher doses decreased yield and bioactive compound biosynthesis. Incorporating Se in the nutritional solution is an alternative to increase phytochemical compound biosynthesis in tomato fruit and yield with the possibility of improving public health with its consumption.


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GAUCIN-DELGADO, J. M., HERNÁNDEZ-MONTIEL, L. G., SÁNCHEZ-CHAVEZ, E. ., ORTEGA-ORTIZ, H. ., FORTIS-HERNÁNDEZ, M. ., REYES-PÉREZ, J. J., & PRECIADO-RANGEL, P. (2020). Agronomic biofortification with selenium improves the yield and nutraceutical quality in tomato under soilless conditions. Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici Cluj-Napoca, 48(3), 1221–1232.



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