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About this book
About this book
The availability of freshwater for agricultural use is declining in many areas of the world. This is the reason for the increasing use of lower quality or of saline water for crop production. Prolonged use of saline water severely affects the irrigated soils, which contributes to the global land degradation process and has direct impact on biomass production. For this reason, reduction of the spread of salinization, revitalization of salinized areas and introduction of salt tolerant high-yielding crops are important issues. The potential role of halophytes in the management of salinity problems of arid lands is investigated at length nowadays; some of these have produced promising forage crops. This volume focuses on reclamation, management, and utilization of salt-affected soils, their sustainable use, and evaluation of plants inhabiting naturally occurring saline habitats.
From the contents:Effects of salinity on rhizosphere bacterial communities associated with different root types of Vicia faba L.- Tolerance of some potential forage grasses from arid regions of Pakistan to salinity and drought.- Salt and seawater effects on the germination of Crithmum maritimum.- Growth performance and nutritional value of salt tolerant plants growing under saline environments.- Comparative effect of NaCl and seawater on seed germination of Suaeda salsa and Atriplex centralasiatica.- Salt effect on growth, photosynthesis, seed yield and oil composition of the potential crop halophyte Cakile maritima.- Effects of nitrogen deficiency, salinity and drought on proline metabolism in Sesuvium portulacastrum.- Linkage studies of structure, isoenzymatic diversity and some biotechnological procedures for Salsola species under desert saline environments.- Kinetics of the antioxidant response to salinity in Crithmum maritimum.