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Soil type influences crop mineral composition in Malawi

Joy, Edward J.M.; Broadley, Martin R.; Young, Scott D.; Black, Colin R.; Chilimba, Allan D.C.; Ander, E. Louise; Barlow, Thomas S.; Watts, Michael J.

Authors

Edward J.M. Joy

Scott D. Young

Colin R. Black

Allan D.C. Chilimba

Thomas S. Barlow

Michael J. Watts



Abstract

© 2014. Food supply and composition data can be combined to estimate micronutrient intakes and deficiency risks among populations. These estimates can be improved by using local crop composition data that can capture environmental influences including soil type. This study aimed to provide spatially resolved crop composition data for Malawi, where information is currently limited. Six hundred and fifty-two plant samples, representing 97 edible food items, were sampled from >. 150 sites in Malawi between 2011 and 2013. Samples were analysed by ICP-MS for up to 58 elements, including the essential minerals calcium (Ca), copper (Cu), iron (Fe), magnesium (Mg), selenium (Se) and zinc (Zn).Maize grain Ca, Cu, Fe, Mg, Se and Zn concentrations were greater from plants grown on calcareous soils than those from the more widespread low-pH soils. Leafy vegetables from calcareous soils had elevated leaf Ca, Cu, Fe and Se concentrations, but lower Zn concentrations. Several foods were found to accumulate high levels of Se, including the leaves of Moringa, a crop not previously been reported in East African food composition data sets.New estimates of national dietary mineral supplies were obtained for non-calcareous and calcareous soils. High risks of Ca (100%), Se (100%) and Zn (57%) dietary deficiencies are likely on non-calcareous soils. Deficiency risks on calcareous soils are high for Ca (97%), but lower for Se (34%) and Zn (31%). Risks of Cu, Fe and Mg deficiencies appear to be low on the basis of dietary supply levels.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 1, 2015
Journal Science of the Total Environment
Print ISSN 0048-9697
Electronic ISSN 1879-1026
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 505
Pages 587-595
APA6 Citation Joy, E. J., Broadley, M. R., Young, S. D., Black, C. R., Chilimba, A. D., Ander, E. L., …Watts, M. J. (2015). Soil type influences crop mineral composition in Malawi. Science of the Total Environment, 505, 587-595. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.10.038
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.10.038
Keywords Crop composition; Geochemistry; Malawi; Mineral micronutrient deficiencies
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969714014764
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
Additional Information This article is maintained by: Elsevier; Article Title: Soil type influences crop mineral composition in Malawi; Journal Title: Science of The Total Environment; CrossRef DOI link to publisher maintained version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.10.038; Content Type: article; Copyright: Copyright © 2014 Published by Elsevier B.V.

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