Zinc and Iron Concentrations in some Soft Wheat Albanian Genotypes


1Faculty of Biotechnology and Food, Agricultural University of Tirana; Tirana, Albania

2Department of Agro-Environment and Ecology, Agricultural University of Tirana; Tirana, Albania

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Selected samples of different soft wheat genotypes, grown organically in the local region, were tested for zinc (Zn) and iron (Fe) concentrations in wheat grain by flame atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS). The experiment with ten Albanian lines of soft wheat, was conducted under field conditions on slightly alkaline soil (pH= 7.80). Obtained data of this study showed that Albanian wheat genotypes grown organically had higher levels of protein, Zn and Fe compared to other studies using conventional system, indicating that organic conditions with suitable genotypes may enhance mineral concentration in wheat. The statistical evaluation showed that there exists a good positive correlation between the Zn and Fe content (r= 0.489), as well between Fe and thousand kernel weight (TKW) (r = 0.440).

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