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Environmental Sciences | Sabkha Ecosystems: Volume IV: Cash Crop Halophyte and Biodiversity Conservation

Sabkha Ecosystems: Volume IV: Cash Crop Halophyte and Biodiversity Conservation

Series: Tasks for Vegetation Science, Vol. 47

Khan, M.A., Böer, B., Öztürk, M., Al Abdessalaam, T.Z., Clüsener-Godt, M., Gul, B. (Eds.)

2014, XXIII, 339 p. 121 illus.

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  • Salinity is a major hazard for agriculture worldwide. This book provides some new and environment friendly alternatives
  • A good resource for teaching and research on biodiversity, conservation and utilization of halophytes
  • Those who are interested in commercial utilization of halophytes would find this book very useful

This is the fourth volume of the sabkha ecosystem series in Tasks for Vegetation Science. More than ten years have passed since the publication of the first volume, dealing with the Arabian Peninsula and adjacent countries. Volume two provided information on West and Central Asia, volume three on Africa and Southern Europe, where a lack of scientific capacity in this specialized field of saline dry lands was noticed. This is why volume three was comparatively thin. For the current volume however, we had almost thirty contributions, highlighting the importance of halophyte research and development, with a view to establishing pilot-farms, for food production, biofuel, analyzing atmospheric carbon sequestration, and also as places for ex situ halophyte biodiversity conservation. Two more volumes are planned, one on the sabkha ecosystems of the Americas and another one on Asia-Pacific, to conclude the global geographical coverage.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Biodiversity - Cash crop - Dry lands - Halophytes - Saline ecosystem

Related subjects » Education & Language - Energy - Environmental Sciences - Life Sciences - Sustainable Development

Table of contents 

List of Authors.- Preface; Sheikha Abdulla Al Misnad, Ph.D.- Foreword; Prof. emeritus Dr. Helmut Lieth, Mrs. Marina Lieth.- Acknowledgements.- Introduction; B. Böer, M.A. Khan.- 1. Economic sustainability for halophyte cash farms in urban environments; P. Bierman-Lytle.- 2. Spatial distribution of soil salinity and its management options in the Northern Emirates, UAE; M.A. Abdelfattah, S.A. Shahid.- 3. Gypsum crystals formation and habits, Umm Said sabkha, Qatar; M. Al-Youssef.- 4. Distribution, ecology and ecophysiology of mangroves in Pakistan; I. Aziz, F. Khan.- 5. Halophytes for the production of liquid biofuels; J.J. Brown et al.- 6. Feasibility of halophyte domestication for high-salinity agriculture; J.J. Brown et al.- 7. The gypsum dunes of Cuatrociénegas Valley, Mexico – A secondary Sabkha ecosystem with gypsophytes; A. Czaja et al.- 8. Effects of seed storage on germination of desert halophytes with transient seed bank; A. El-Keblawy.- 9. Halophytes of southwest Asia; S.A. Ghazanfar et al.- 10. From halophyte research to halophytes farming; K.B. Hamed et al.- 11. Interactive effect of salinity and drought on the germination of dimorphic seeds of Suaeda salsa; W. Huang et al.- 12. Kochia (Kochia scoparia (L.) Schrad) unwanted or wanted plant for forage production in harsh environments; M. Kafi et al.- 13. Importance of the diversity in between halophytes to agriculture and land management in arid and semiarid countries; H.-W. Koyro et al.- 14. Is soil heterogeneity the major factor influencing vegetation zonation at Karachi coast?; S. Gulzar et al.- 15. Research and development with seawater and halophytic plants for sustainable saline agro systems in the Arabian Gulf; R.A. Loughland et al.- 16. Salinity tolerant turfgrasses for biosaline urban landscape agriculture; K.B. Markum.- 17. Ecology, distribution and ecophysiology of Salicornia Europaea L.; A. Muscolo et al.- 18. Germination pre-treatments in Haloxylon persicum (Amaranthaceae), an economically important tree of desert ecosystems in western Asia; K. Nosrati et al.- 19. Halophytes in the east Mediterranean – their medicinal and other economical values; M. Oztürk et al.- 20. Germination and early seedling growth of two salt-tolerant Atriplex species that prevent erosion in Iranian deserts; A. Shahbazi et al.- 21. Salt marshes and biodiversity; A. Teixeira et al.- 22. Distinctive features and role of sulfur-containing compounds in marine plants, seaweeds, seagrasses and halophytes from an evolutionary point of view; N.X. Vy et al.- 23. The chemical composition and technological properties of seagrasses – a basis for their use (a review); N.A. Milchakova et al.- 24. Seagrass terraces for food security and carbon sequestration; B. Böer et al.- 25. Floating mangroves: the solution to reduce atmospheric carbon levels and land-based marine pollution?; B. Böer.- 26. World Halophyte Garden: Economic dividends with global significance; B. Böer, M.A. Khan.- Index.

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