Environmental Implications of Adopting a Dominant Factor Approach to Salinity Management.

Uri Shani, Alon Ben-Gal, and Lynn M. Dudley

Published in J. Environ. Qual. 34: 1-6 (2005).


Additive or multiplicative models of crop response on which salinity management theory have been developed may lead to an erroneous perception regarding compensative interaction among salinity and other growth factors. We present results from studies of biomass production and transpiration of corn (Zea mays L. cv. Jubilee), melon (Cucumis melo L. subsp.melo cv. Galia, tomato (Lycopersicon  esculentum Mill. cv. 5656), onion (Allium cepa L. cv. HA 944), and date palms (Phoenix dactylifera L. cv. Medjool) under salinity combined with water or nitrate (growth promoters) or with boron (growth inhibitor). The measured crop responses were to the more severe stress rather than to combinations of the individual effects of the various stresses. Consequences of shifting management of saline water to a dominant factor approach include reduction of  environmental contamination and conservation of water resources.Published in J. Environ. Qual. 34: 1-6 (2005). (Full paper)

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