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Zinc and selenium – changing farming practices to improve the food supply

Dunshea, F.R. and Pethick, D.W.ORCID: 0000-0002-3255-7677 (2012) Zinc and selenium – changing farming practices to improve the food supply. Australasian Medical Journal, 5 (12). p. 653.

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Animal and horticultural products provide a range of essential nutrients and also contain health active compounds. The concentrations of some of these compounds in animal and plant products can be manipulated (either increased or reduced) through genetics, fertiliser regime or by nutritional management. Consumers in some markets prefer ‘natural’ as opposed to fortified products offering on-farm rather than post-farm gate opportunities. Successful on-farm manipulation of the concentrations of physiologically functional compounds to improve the food supply requires systems that produce consistent concentrations in animal and plant products. Opportunities to increase the concentrations of protein bound organic selenium (Se) and zinc (Zn) provide examples of on-farm practices to improve food supply.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: Australasian Medical Journal
Notes: Abstracts of the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Nutrition Society of Australia, Wollongong, Australia. Abstracts for Wednesday 27-30 November 2012
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