The importance of boron in biological systems

J Trace Elem Med Biol. 2018 Jan;45:156-162. doi: 10.1016/j.jtemb.2017.10.008. Epub 2017 Oct 26.


Boron is an essential element for plants and probably essential for human and animal health. Boron has a broad range of physiological effects on biological systems at low concentrations, whereas it is toxic to at high concentrations. Eventhough there are many studies on boron's biological effects and toxicity, more information is needed to understand the mechanisms of its action. The aim of the current work is to review boron's function, transport and toxicity in different biological systems.

Keywords: Boric acid; Boron; Tolerance; Toxicity; Transport.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biological Transport
  • Boric Acids / metabolism
  • Boron / metabolism*
  • Boron / toxicity
  • Humans


  • Boric Acids
  • Boron
  • boric acid