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Authors El Shaer, H. M. and H. M. Kandil
Book Author A. Hamdy, H. Lieth, M. Todorovic and M. Moschenko
Editors A. Hamdy, H. Lieth, M. Todorovic and M. Moschenko
Title Potential of Atriplex species as fodder shrubs under the arid conditions of Egypt
Source Halophyte Uses in Different Climates Ii: Halophyte Crop Development: Pilot Studies
Author Keywords Atriplex fodder shrubs feed quality saline irrigation arid conditions Egypt
Abstract The irrigated agricultural land represents only 5% of Egypt's area where more than 90% of the population is accommodated. The use of salt-affected wastelands and saline water to produce non-conventional crops has a practical magnitude. Halophytes such as Atriplex spp. to supply the needed animal feeds have a wide application. This article focuses on the Atriplex species as livestock fodder and on its best potential use. There are four native Atriplex species: A. halimus, A. farinosa. A. leucolada and A. vesicaria. The exotic ones are A. nummularia, A. canescens, A. semibaccata and A. glauca. These shrubs are Varied in their palatability chemical composition and nutritive values. Most of Atriplex species are rich in nitrogen but need to be supplemented with soluble carbohydrate resources. The main constraints that limit the intake and utilization of, Atriplex spp. are high salt and fibrous contents deficit in energy content. Utilization of Atriplex spp. as fodder can be improved by various pre-treatments to enhance their palatability and nutritional value. Ensiling Atriplex shrubs with other feed ingredients is the most efficient processing method. Therefore, the feed gap in Egypt can be satisfactorily filled through the plantation of saltbushes and using the processed Atriplex spp. which will promote availability of animal feed resources all year round.
Author Address Desert Res Ctr, Dept Anim Nutr, Cairo, Egypt El Shaer, HM (reprint author), Desert Res Ctr, Dept Anim Nutr, POB 11753 Mataria, Cairo, Egypt
ISSN 0923-0688 90-5782-025-0
ISBN 0923-0688 90-5782-025-0
Year Published 1999
Volume 14
Beginning Page 87-94
Unique Article Identifier WOS:000086718600007
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