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Exploitation of salt tolerant mycorrhizae

We have identified that highly salt tolerant Populus euphratica growing in extremely saline soils are highly arbuscular mycorrhizal. We have partially identified the species of mycorrhizas. Cultivation of these mycorrhizas would allow them to be used in improving growth of crops in saline conditions. Salinity is a major problem in semi-arid regions. In most cases the state of the art treatment requires hard engineering, mycorrhizas would offer a soft engineering option. Us of mycorrhizas from high saline environments would greatly improve the state of the art. A weaknesses is that the persistence of introduced mycorhizas is unknown.


Douglas GODBOLD, (Professor of Forest Sciences)
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