Evaluation of a set of hordeum vulgare subsp. Spontaneum accessions for β-glucans and microelement contents

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Output type: Journal article

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Author list: Elouadi F., Amri A., El-Baouchi A., Kehel Z., Salih G., Jilal A., Kilian B., Ibriz M.

Publisher: MDPI

Publication year: 2021

Journal: Agriculture (2077-0472)

Volume number: 11

Issue number: 10

ISSN: 2077-0472

eISSN: 2077-0472

URL: https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85116585338&doi=10.3390%2fagriculture11100950&partnerID=40&md5=49d7545ef993bc960115fd62f0ec91bd

Languages: English (EN-GB)

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Barley is one of the oldest domesticated crops in the world and is mainly used for feed and malt and to a lesser extent as food. The use of barley as food is a tradition in communities in some countries of North Africa, Europe, and Asia. However, due to the health-promoting properties of barley grain, there is an increasing interest in such use. The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) has a global mandate for barley improvement and holds rich in-trust collections of cultivated and wild Hordeum species. The present study aims to evaluate 117 accessions of Hordeum spontaneum for their contents of β-glucan and microelements for breeding new varieties with enhanced nutritional value. The bulked seed accessions of Hordeum spontaneum were grown over two seasons, and the single plant derived seeds from these accessions were compared to 36 elite lines and varieties of cultivated barley in the second season in Morocco. The results showed large differences in β-glucan and microelements in both the bulk and the single plant seed accessions. The contents of β-glucans ranged from 1.44 to 11.3% in the Hordeum spontaneum accessions and from 1.62 to 7.81% in the cultivated barley lines. Large variations were found for the microelements content, but no differences were noticed between the wild and the cultivated species. However, some accessions of Hordeum spontaneum had higher combined contents of Iron, Zinc, and Selenium. Such accessions are used in interspecific crosses to develop biofortified barley germplasm and varieties. © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.


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