An interaction between mercury and selenium that reduces the toxicity of methylmercury in growing chicks and laying hens has been demonstrated in previous work from the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (A.S. Series 78-6 and 79-25). An inorganic form of selenium, sodium selenite, was used in those studies. However, much of the selenium occurring in plants and animals is in an organic form, principally selenomethionine and/or selenocysteine bound to protein moeties. Studies described herein were to compare the effectiveness of- selenium as found in seleniferous wheat with that of sodium selenite in counteracting methylmercury toxicity in growing chicks.
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Department of Animal Science, Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Emerick, R. J.; Ruark, Robin A.; Palmer, I. S.; and Carlson, C. W., "Selenite Versus Seleniferous Wheat In The Mercury-Selenium Interrelationships" (1980). South Dakota Poultry Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1980. 4.