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. Barth, S., Voeste, D., Shanab, H. (1993) Plantlet regeneration from electrostimulated protoplasts of sunflower ( Helianthus annuus L.). Bot. Acta 106 , 220–222. Shanab H

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Two field experiments were carried out to investigate the role of seed soaking with spermine (Spm, 10 mg/l) and the foliar application of mineral nutrients (K and Zn), alone or in combination, in improving the tolerance of sunflower ( Helianthus annuus L.) to calcareous and salinity stress conditions. Both the individual treatments and the interaction increased the stem diameter, shoot fresh and dry weights, yield, yield components and oil yield, as well as the concentrations of K, Ca, P and Zn and the K/Na ratio, whereas they decreased the Na concentration in the two growing seasons. The best results were obtained with the K+Zn+Spm treatment in both seasons.It could be concluded that seed soaking with Spm and the foliar application of K and Zn might alleviate the harmful effects of calcareous and salinity stress and enhance the ability of sunflower plants to tolerate these adverse conditions.

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The characterization of four types of Indian honeys (Trifolium alexandrinum (berseem clover), Brassica sp. (mustard), Helianthus annuus (sunflower), Eucalyptus lanceolatus) was carried out on the basis of their quality parameters (moisture, pH, free acidity, reducing sugars, sucrose, fructose/glucose ratio, colour, ash content, proline content, invertase activity, diastase activity, hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), and mineral content (sodium, potassium, iron, calcium, zinc, and copper). The source of honey had a significant (P<0.05) effect on moisture content, free acidity, pH, reducing sugar content, fructose/glucose ratio, hydroxymethylfurfural content, invertase and diastase activities, sucrose content, proline, ash content, and mineral content. Pattern recognition methods, such as principal component analysis and linear discriminate analysis, were performed to classify honey on the basis of physicochemical properties and mineral content. The variables calcium, pH, and potassium exhibited higher discrimination power.

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A növények nitrogén asszimilációja bonyolult biokémiai folyamatok összességén keresztül valósul meg. Növényeink a nitrogént a talajból több formában vehetik fel. A felvett formától függetlenül valamennyi forma ammóniummá alakul, hogy a növény hasznosítani tudja.

Célkitűzésünk volt, hogy laboratóriumi körülmények között vizsgáljuk, hogyan hat a növekvő koncentrációjú molibdénellátás a különböző nitrogén-formákra, valamint hogyan befolyásolja a nitrátasszimiláció folyamatát.

Kísérleti növényként egy kétszikű (napraforgó, Helianthus annuus L. cv Arena PR) növényt választottunk, melynél külön vizsgáltuk a hajtás és a gyökér molibdén koncentrációját.

Kísérletünkkel igazoltuk, hogy a nitrátasszimiláció egyik lényeges mozzanatának, a nitrátredukciónak a zavartalan lejátszódásához a molibdén nélkülözhetetlen. A megfelelő molibdénellátás a nitrát-reduktáz enzim aktivitását növeli, így elkerülhetjük, hogy a nitrát káros mennyiségben halmozódjon fel növényeinkben.

A molibdénellátás és a nitrátredukció közötti összefüggés vizsgálatának gyakorlati értékét különösen a levél- és gyökérzöldségek termesztésénél hasznosíthatjuk, mivel ezek a növényeink a nitrátot az átlagostól jóval nagyobb koncentrációban tartalmazzák. Amennyiben gondoskodunk róla, hogy a talajaink molibdén koncentrációja elérje a növények fiziológiai molibdén szükségletét (0,01 μM), csökkenteni tudjuk nitrát tartalmukat. Ez az eredmény humán-egészségügyi szempontból lényeges.

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. (1992): Effects of drilling date on the growth and yield of sunflower (helianthus annuus) in the UK. Journal of Agricultural Science. 119.2. 197–204. Lutman P. J. W. Effects of

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Water availability is one of the major physiological factors influencing plant growth and development. An assessment study has been done at the Szent István University, Gödöllő to evaluate and identify the water footprint of protein yield of field crop species. Twelve field crop species (Sugar beet Beta vulgaris, spring and winter barley Hordeum vulgare, winter wheat Triticum aestivum, maize Zea mays, sunflower Helianthus annuus, peas Pisum sativum, potato Solanum tuberosum, alfalfa Medicago sativa, oilseed rape Brassica napus, rye Secale cereale and oats Avena sativa) were involved in the study. Evapotranspiration patterns of the crops studied have been identified by the regular agroclimatology methodology and physiologically reliable protein ranges within crop yields were evaluated.

The results obtained suggest, that water footprint of cereals proved to be the lowest, however maize values were highly affected by the high variability of protein yield. Oilseed crops had considerably high protein yield with medium water efficiency. Alfalfa, potato and sugar beet water footprints were in accordance with their evapotranspiration patterns.

Protein based water footprint assessment seems to be more applicable in crop species evaluations than that of yield based methodologies.

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Selenium (Se) is an essential element for animals and humans, but not plants. However, the capacity of some plants to accumulate and transform Se into bioactive compounds has important implications for human nutrition and health. In this study, sunflower (Helianthus annuus) and maize (Zea mays) seedlings were cultivated in soil to investigate the effect of different rates of sodium selenite (1–90 mg kg–1 soil) and sodium selenate (1–30 mg kg–1 soil) on absorption and translocation of Se and sulphur (S). Sodium selenate decreased growth of sunflower roots at all applied rates and of maize roots at the highest rate applied. In contrast, sodium selenite up to 30 mg kg–1 for sunflower and 3 mg kg–1 for maize resulted in increased shoot and root growth. An increase in Se concentration in soil resulted in an increase in Se and a decrease in S accumulation in roots and shoots of both maize and sunflower. Selenium translocation from roots to shoot was higher in sunflower than maize. Root-to-shoot translocation of Se was 5 to 30 times greater in sunflower and 0.4 to 3 times greater in maize in the sodium selenate than sodium selenite treatments. Sunflower, as a Se-hyperaccumulator with up to 1.8 g kg–1 in shoots (with no significant decrease in shoot biomass) can be a valuable plant in biofortification to improve animal/human nutrition, as well as in phytoremediation of contaminated sites to restore ecosystem services.

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The paper discusses a possibility to grow seeds on solutions of microelements and application of sprouts enriched in such a way as an alternative to commercial dietary supplements. It contains a short review of the approaches reported till now and a systematic experimental study, carried on the most frequently used seeds (Lens culinaris, Helianthus annuus, Vigna radiata, Glycine max, and Lepidium sativum).Seven metals (Fe, Cu, Zn, Ni, Co, Cd, and Mn) were studied. Seeds were grown on cellulose in 20°C temperature using deionized water enriched with metals in concentrations: 100, 50, 25, 12.5, 6.25, and 3.125 mg/L in a period of 4 days. The reference samples were the seeds grown on pure deionized water. Sprouts were mineralized by microwave radiation, and the metal content was quantified by ion chromatography with on-line post-column derivatization and spectrophotometric detection.The conclusions can be treated as general recommendations, which seeds should be grown and what concentrations of metals in solutions should be applied to provide good enrichment and to avoid risk of microelement overdose.

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(Helianthus annuus L.). Acta Agronomica Hungarica 51.(2) 157–162. p. Selvaraju R. Effect of planting pattern and yield and quality of rained sunflower (Helianthus annuus L

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sunflower cultivars ( Helianthus annuus L.) in the field trials performed at Biotechnical Faculty. Acta Agric. Slovenica , 9 , 47–58. Acko D. K. Some economically important properties

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