Tasks for Vegetation Science

Ecophysiology of High Salinity Tolerant Plants

Editors: Khan, M. Ajmal, Weber, Darrell J. (Eds.)

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This volume presents new and additional information about the physiology and ecology of halophytic plant species and saline ecosystems.

The halophytes are highly specialized plants, which have greater tolerance to salt. They can germinate, grow and reproduce successfully in saline areas which would cause the death of regular plants. Most halophytic species are found in salt marsh systems along seashores or around landlocked inland lakes and flat plains with high evaporation. The halophytes play very significant role in the saline areas specially in the coast by overcoming the salinity in different ways, viz. with regulating mechanisms in which excess salts are excreted and with out regulating mechanism, which may include succulents or cumulative types. Besides that they protect coast from erosion and cyclones, provide feeding ground and nursery for fish, shrimps and birds. Halophytes get increasing attention today because of the steady increase of the salinity in irrigation systems in the arid and semi-arid regions where the increasing population reaches the limits of freshwater availability. In many countries, halophytes have been successfully grown on saline wasteland to provide animal fodder and have the potential for rehabilitation and even reclamation of these sites. The value of certain salt-tolerant grass species has been recognized by their incorporation in pasture improvement programs in many salt affected regions throughout the world. There have been recent advances in selecting species with high biomass and protein levels in combination with their ability to survive a wide range of environmental conditions, including salinity.

Our limited understanding of how halophytes work, as this may well be our future as our limit of fresh water is reached. It is important that we preserve these unusual plants and their habitats, not just for their aesthetic beauty, but also as a resource for the development of new salt tolerant and halophyte crop of economic importance. Over the last ten years much new information has become available, which is important for agriculture, forestry and floriculture.

Table of contents (24 chapters)

  • How Salts Of Sodium, Potassium, And Sulfate Affect The Germination And Early Growth Of Atriplex Acanthocarpa (Chenopodiaceae)

    Gaylord, Barrett (et al.)

    Pages 1-9

  • Halophyte Seed Germination

    Khan, M. Ajmal (et al.)

    Pages 11-30

  • Salt Tolerance Of Some Potential Forage Grasses From Cholistan Desert Of Pakistan

    Ashraf, Mohammad (et al.)

    Pages 31-54

  • Variability Of Fruit And Seed-Oil Characteristics In Tunisian Accessions Of The Halophyte Cakile Maritima (Brassicaceae)

    Ghars, Mohamed Ali (et al.)

    Pages 55-67

  • Salt Tolerant Plants From The Great Basin Region Of The United States

    Weber, Darrell J. (et al.)

    Pages 69-106

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ecophysiology of High Salinity Tolerant Plants
Editors
  • M. Ajmal Khan
  • Darrell J. Weber
Series Title
Tasks for Vegetation Science
Series Volume
40
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-4018-4
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-4018-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-4017-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4020-9298-5
Series ISSN
0167-9406
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 404
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