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Authors Pirasteh-Anosheh, H., A. Mirhosseini, N. A. Akram and M. Hasanuzzaman
Title Forage potential of Salsola species in arid-saline rangelands
Source Turkish Journal of Botany
Author Keywords Crude proteins desert detergent fiber digestibility halophyte metabolizable energy phenological stage quality chenopodiaceae photosynthesis
Abstract We investigated the forage potential of 12 Salsola species including S. arbuscula, S. abarghuensis, S. dendroides, S. crassa, S. imbricata, S. incanescens, S. nitraria, S. kerneri, S. orientalis, S. richteri, S. tomentosa, and S. yazdiana in the Southern rangelands of the Great Salt Desert. The results showed a great significant variation among forage quality and quantity of the Salsola species. The greatest fresh and dry forages were obtained in S. yazdiana (4.54 and 1.53 kg m(-2), respectively) followed by S. dendroides (3.02 and 1.13 kg m(-2), respectively). The S. tomentosa had the greatest ash content by 20.2%, which significantly was higher than others; whereas the greatest crude protein was observed in S. incanescens and S. crassa. The lower acid detergent fiber (ADF) and neutral detergent fiber (NDF) as appropriate forage quality indices were achieved in S. dendroides, S. imbricata, and S. arbuscula. Furthermore, S. dendroides and S. incanescens had the greatest dry matter digestibility (59%) and metabolizable energy (8%). Tissue water content in halophytes was a valuable index for salinity tolerance and forage quality, which is missed in the literature. Higher tissue water content (72.0% in S. crassa and 71.4% S. kerneri) could probably lead to lower water consumption in small ruminants. Based on the finding, Salsola species had low energy (7.1% on average) and approximately high protein content (8.5% on average), but some species such as S. incanescens and S. dendroides followed by S. imbricata had better forage quality; so they could be considered alternative forage plants in arid land regions. However, forages of these species should be used in mix with common forages due to the low energy level.
Author Address [Pirasteh-Anosheh, Hadi] Agr Res Educ & Extens Org, Natl Salin Res Ctr, Yazd, Iran. [Mirhosseini, Ali] Agr Res Educ & Extens Org, Yazd Agr & Nat Resources & Educ Ctr, Yazd, Iran. [Akram, Nudrat Aisha] Govt Coll Univ, Dept Bot, Faisalabad, Pakistan. [Hasanuzzaman, Mirza] Sher E Bangla Agr Univ, Fac Agr, Dept Agron, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Pirasteh-Anosheh, H (corresponding author), Agr Res Educ & Extens Org, Natl Salin Res Ctr, Yazd, Iran. h.pirasteh@areeo.ac.ir
ResearcherID Number Akram, N.A./F-6882-2010; Hasanuzzaman, Mirza/A-1665-2010; Pirasteh-Anosheh, Hadi/A-1795-2016
ISSN 1300-008X
ISBN 1300-008X
29-Character Source Abbreviation Turk. J. Bot.
Year Published 2021
Volume 45
Issue 3
Beginning Page 203-215
Ending Page 215
Digital Object Identifier (DOI) 10.3906/bot-2010-36
Page Count 13
Unique Article Identifier WOS:000656529600003
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