Genotypic variation in Fe concentration of barley grain

Jian Feng Ma, Aki Higashitani, Kazuhiro Sato, Kazuyoshi Takeda, Jian Feng Ma, Kazuhiro Sato, Kazuyoshi Takeda

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Iron deficiency in humans is the most prevalent micronutrient deficiency worldwide. To screen for high Fe cultivar, genotypic variation in Fe concentration of barley grain was investigated in two collections of barley: 274 standard varieties selected at the Barley Germplasm Center of the Research Institute for Bioresources, Okayama University (SV) and 135 varieties from the Barley Core Collection of Americas (BCCAM). The Fe concentration of barley grain showed large variation, ranging from 24.6 to 63.3 mg kg−1 in SV, from 21.0 to 83.0 mg kg−1 in BCCAM barleys. The Fe concentration was not affected by the key characters of barley varieties, kernel row types, and hulled or hull-less. The Fe concentration was also not related to the place of origin of the barley variety. About 90% of total Fe was localized in the grain without hull. These results provide fundamental data for breeding Fe-rich cultivars and for studying the mechanisms involved in genotypic variation in Fe concentration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1115-1117
Number of pages3
JournalSoil Science and Plant Nutrition
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2004


  • Barley
  • Genotypic variation
  • Iron deficiency
  • Localization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Soil Science
  • Plant Science


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