Effect of inoculation on the content of biogenic elements in the white lupine and grass pea


  • Erika Zetochová National Agriculture and Food Centre ”“ Research Institute of Plant Production, Bratislavská 122, 921 01 Piešťany, Slovakia, Tel.: +42133797303
  • Alena Vollmannová Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences, Department of Chemistry, Tr. A. Hlinku 2, 94976 Nitra, Slovakia, Tel.: +421376414374 https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7470-4500
  • Ivana Tirdiľová Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences, Department of Chemistry, Tr. A. Hlinku 2, 94976 Nitra, Slovakia, Tel.: +421376414378 https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2055-3310




lupine, grass pea, inoculation, biogenic elements, analysis


The aim of this work was to determine the influence of the inoculant on the content of biogenic elements in tenoreign varieties of white lupine (Lupinus albus) and threearieties of grass pea (Lathyrus sativus L.) of Slovak origin. Rizobine was used as the inoculum before sowing. Dried and homogenised seed samples were mineralised using concentrated HNO3 using the MARS X - Press 5 instrument. Analytical determination of macro- and microelements in all samples was performed using ARIAN DUO 240FS/240Z atomic absorption spectrometer. The determined values of biogenic elements content were expressed as mg.kg-1 of dry matter. The average content of Cu was lower for both crops in variant A compared to variant B. The addition of the inoculant increased the content of Cu in both crops in lupine by 3.7% and grass pea by 10.94%. The Zn content of variant A in lupine was 19.14% higher than that of the grass pea. Grass pea seeds contained 97.76% less Mn than white lupine seeds in both variants. The Cr content of white lupine was 67.74% higher in variant A than in grass pea. The inoculant also increased the content of Cr in lupine by 25.0%. Lupine contained 30.02% less Fe in variant A and 41.27% less Fe in variant B than the grass pea. The results we have obtained show that Ca, K, and P are the predominant elements in the seeds of grass pea in both variants. By comparing selected types of legumes we found that the grass pea features a higher content of Cu, Fe, K, and P. The analysed seeds of white lupine had a higher content of Zn, Mn, Cr, Ni, Co, Na, Ca, and Mg. In conclusion, inoculation does not significantly affect the content of biogenic elements of selected legume species.


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Zetochová, E., Vollmannová, A., & Tirdiľová, I. (2020). Effect of inoculation on the content of biogenic elements in the white lupine and grass pea. Potravinarstvo Slovak Journal of Food Sciences, 14, 385–392. https://doi.org/10.5219/1327

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