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Authors Pessarakli, M., D. M. Kopec and D. T. Ray
Title Growth responses of various saltgrass (Distichlis spicata) clones under salt stress conditions
Source Journal of Food Agriculture & Environment
Author Keywords Saltgrass clones salinity stress tolerance sustainable agriculture combating desertification n-15 salinity
Abstract Continuous desertification of arable lands mandates use of low quality/saline water for irrigation, especially in regions experiencing water shortage. Using low quality/saline water for irrigation imposes more stress on plants which are already under stress in these regions. Thus, a logical solution could be finding a salt tolerant plant species to survive/sustain under such salinity stress conditions. Since the native plants are already growing under such conditions and are adapted to the stress, they are the most suitable candidates for use under these harsh arid saline soil conditions. If the salt stress tolerant species/genotypes of these native plants are identified, there would be a substantial savings in inputs in using them under these stressful conditions. Our studies on various native grasses indicated that saltgrass has a great potential to be used under harsh environmental desert conditions and combat desertification. The objectives of this study were to find the most salinity tolerant types of various saltgrass clones and to recommend them as the potential species for use under arid regions and areas with saline soils or saline water resources for sustainable agriculture and combating desertification. Various saltgrass clones were studied in a greenhouse to evaluate their growth responses under salinity stress conditions. Grasses were grown vegetatively in a hydroponics system under 4 saline treatments [EC = 6 (control), 20, 34, and 48 dSm(-1) salinity stress] with 3 replications of each salinity treatment in a randomized complete block (RCB) design experiment. During this period, shoots were clipped bi-weekly for dry matter (DM) weight determination. At the last harvest, roots were also harvested and DM weights determined. Grass quality was weekly evaluated. Although growth responses reduced at the high salinity levels, all the grasses showed a high degree of salinity tolerance. However, there was a wide range of variations observed in salinity tolerance among the clones. The superior salinity tolerant clones were identified which could be recommended for sustainable production under arid regions and combating desertification.
Author Address [Pessarakli, Mohammad; Kopec, David M.; Ray, Dennis T.] Univ Arizona, Sch Plant Sci, Tucson, AZ 85721 USA. Pessarakli, M (reprint author), Univ Arizona, Sch Plant Sci, Tucson, AZ 85721 USA pessarak@email.arizona.edu
ISSN 1459-0255
ISBN 1459-0255
29-Character Source Abbreviation J. Food Agric. Environ.
Publication Date Jul-Oct
Year Published 2011
Volume 9
Issue 3-4
Beginning Page 660-664
Unique Article Identifier WOS:000297660700019
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