a1 Department of Biology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4K1, Canada
Inorganic P, total P and phytic acid-P leakage from imbibing whole soybean, bean, and pea seeds, as well as whole maize and barley grains were measured. The amounts of P and phytic acid leaked during a 6-h soaking period varied for the five species. Soybeans leaked the most P and phytic acid of the species examined. Peas, beans and barley leaked little or no phytic acid. Based on reported levels of total P and phytic acid in the dry seeds/grains that were studied, total P leakage ranged from 0.5 to 1.2%, while phytic acid leakage ranged from 0.01 to 0.5%. No relationship was found between initial levels of total P or phytic acid in the dry seeds/grains and the amount of total P or phytic acid leaked by the imbibed seed/grain. Similarly, the amounts of phytic acid leaked by the seeds/grains of this study did not appear to be related to the water solubility of the phytic acid in the dry seeds/grains.
(Received October 15 1993)
(Accepted January 10 1994)