Saline land is a resource capable of significant production. Recent advances in research in breeding for salt tolerance in wheat, biotechnology in rice, and selection and rehabilitation of salt-tolerant plants are of economic importance in arid/saline conditions.
This book gives some practical approaches for saline agriculture and afforestation, and describes examples of cultivating salt-tolerant/halophytic plants for commercial interest on salt-affected land or with highly salinized water in Australia, China, Central Asia, Egypt, Pakistan, and Russia. It also explores the possibilities of arid/saline agriculture and afforestation in UAE.
Foreword. Introduction by Series Editor. Preface. Concept Papers. 1. Prospects for saline agriculture in Pakistan: Today and Tomorrow; K.A. Malik. 2. Salt of the earth: time to take it seriously; E.G. Barrett-Lennard. Regional Papers. 3. Ecological conservation and reclamation of arid/saline lands under agricultural system development in Kyzulkum deserts of Uzbekistan; K.N. Toderich, et al. 4. Biogeocenotic principles and methods of degraded pastures phytomelioration in Central Asia and Russia; Z.Sh. Shamsutdinov, N.Z. Shamsutdinov. 5. A study on salt population cycle of cultivated land between drainage and irrigation in the main stream of Tarim river, Xinjiang, China; J. Fang, et al. 6. Desert forages of the Arabian Peninsula - the sustainable use of salt affected soils through conservation and evaluation; A. Dakheel, et al. 7. Use of saline drainage water for irrigation, reclamation and cultivation of new land areas in Sinai Peninsula; M. Talaat El-Saidi. Cereals. Wheat. 8. Conventional and alien genetic diversity for salt tolerant wheat: Focus on current status and new germplasm development; A. Mujeeb-Kazi, J.L. Diaz De Leon. 9. Recent advances in the development of salinity and waterlogging tolerant bread wheat; P.A. Hollington, et al. 10. Development/selection of salinity and waterlogging tolerant wheat genotypes; J. Akhtar, et al. 11. Exploitation of genetic variation for improvement of salt tolerance in spring wheat; M. Ashraf. 12. Aegilops ovata: a potential gene source for improvement of salt tolerance of wheat. S. Farooq. 13. Tissue ion content of wheat and maize irrigated with blended and alternate use of canal and tubewell water; M.I. Lone. 14. Genes induction salt tolerance in wheat, Lophopyrum elongatum and amphiploid and their responses to ABA under salt stress; M.M. Noaman, et al. 15. Effect of ABA seed pre-treatment on the response of wheat (Tritium aesitivum L.) to salinity, with special reference to plant growth, ion relations and protein patterns; J. Din, T.J. Flowers. 16. Salt acclimation of wheat salt sensitive cultivar by polyamines; M.M.F. Mansour, et al. 17. Effects of salinity and pH on ion uptake in SARC-1 wheat under hydroponic conditions; M. Ahmad. RICE. 18. Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of Bangladesh indica for conferring salt tolerance; Z.I. Seraj, et al. 19. Causes of sterility in rice under salinity stress; Z.A.M.A. Khan, T.J. Flowers. 20. Rice cultivation in saline soils; A. Shereen, et al. Millet. 21. Effect of brackish water on growth and nutrient contents of Bajra (Pennisetum typhoideum L.); S.M. Alam, R. Ansari. Other Crops. 22. Intra-specific variation for salt tolerance in cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.); S. Ahmad, et al. 23. Reproductive physiology of cotton under saline conditions; A. Zafar Jafri, R. Ahmad. 24. Fodder beet "A new fodder crop for salt affected lands of Pakistan"; M.A. Khan, et al. 25.Genotypic behavior of lentil (Lens culinaris Medik) towards salinity; M. Yasin, et al. 26. Salt tolerance potential in some members of Brassicaceae, physiological studies on water relations and mineral contents; M.Y. Ashraf, G. Sarwar. 27. Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.), a potential new crop for Pakistan; S.E. Jacobsen, et al. 28. Comparative performance of different canola varieties under various salinity regimes; H. Gul, et al. Forestry. 29. Farm forestry options for saline environments; N. Marcar. 30. The utilization of highly saline water in planting and vegetable growing in desert hinterland; P. Borong, G. Fengxue. 31. Growth, ion uptake, agro-industrial uses and environmental implications of Eucalyptus camaldulensis in saline systems; Z. Aslam, et al. 32. Economic use of degraded land an brackish water by growing salt tolerant trees; M.R. Chaudry, et al. 33. Effect of salt stress on Rhizobium and growth of Acacia ampliceps; D.H. Roomi, et al. Halophytes. 34. Developing cash crops from halophytes; H. Lieth, et al. 35. New developments in the world of saline agriculture; N.P. Yensen, et al. 36. Halophytic characteristics and potential uses of Allenrolfea occidentalis; D.J. Weber, et al. 37. Arthrocnemum macrostachyum: a potential case for agriculture using above seawater salinity; M.A. Khan, B. Gul. 38. Salt tolerance in Salicornia rubra from a salt playa of Great Basin Desert; B. Gul, et al. 39. Plant and soil relationship in different halophytic communities; M.Z. Iqbal, et al. 40. Role of saltbush (Atriplex Spp.) in animal production systems of Mediterranean climate; Atig-ur-Rehman. 41. Growth and mineral nutrition of some halophytes in condition of sea water irrigation; N. Sleimi, C. Abdelly. General. 42. Cropping of Glycyrrhiza Glabra on the secondary salinity soils; N.Z. Shamsutdinov. 43. Demonstration of biosaline agriculture for fodder production; R. Ahmad, S. Ismail. 44. On-farm seed priming: a key technology for improving the livelihoods of resource-poor farmers on saline lands; A. Rashid, et al. 45. role of soil amendments in saline agriculture; M. Salim, et al. Mangrove. 46. Establishment of field nursery for cultivation of mangroves at Miani Hor, Pakistan; F. Rasool, S.M. Saifullah. 47. Copper contamination in Indus Delta mangroves of Karachi; S.M. Saifullah, et al. Key words Index. Author Index.