Nitrate in vegetables Scientific Opinion of the Panel on Contaminants in the Food chain 1

@inproceedings{Alexander2008NitrateIV,
  title={Nitrate in vegetables Scientific Opinion of the Panel on Contaminants in the Food chain 1},
  author={Jan Alexander and Diane J. Benford and Andrew Cockburn and J. -P. Cravedi and Eugenia Dogliotti and Alessandro di Domenico and Mar{\'i}a Luisa Fern{\'a}ndez-Cruz and Johanna Fink-Gremmels and Peter Fuerst and Cl{\'a}udio Galli and Philippe Grandjean and J. B. G. Gzyl and Gerhard Heinemeyer and Niklas Johansson and Antonio Mutti and Josef Schlatter and Rolaf van Leeuwen and Carlos Van Peteghem and Philippe Verger},
  year={2008}
}
Nitrate is a naturally occurring compound that is part of the nitrogen cycle, as well as an approved food additive. It plays an important role in the nutrition and function of plants. Nitrate is an important component of vegetables due to its potential for accumulation; this can be affected by a number of biotic and abiotic factors. Higher levels of nitrate tend to be found in leaves whereas lower levels occur in seeds or tubers. Thus leaf crops such as lettuce and spinach generally have higher… CONTINUE READING

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