9 responses to “Distichlis spicata and Puccinellia nuttalliana”

  1. Patrick Collins

    Perhaps we should be looking at domesticating some halophytes rather than halophyting some domestics.

  2. Marilyn Brown

    Very beautiful photos, and a very interesting text, even though I only understand about 20% of it !

  3. Lee Foote, University of Alberta Botanic Garden

    A fascinating approach where salt-tolerance is bred into (or genetically inserted into) crop lineages. There have been some successes with more salt-tolerant rice varieties. Even a 10% improvement in tolerance opens up large swaths of rice-growing areas and water sources.

    Still, this is often treating the symptoms and not the disease. The progressive salinization of arid land soils reduces their productivity for native and exotic crops and lowers the species richness locally by limiting the number of species that can cope with the soil ions. I hope for a two-pronged approach to increase crop tolerance AND reduce irrigation and drainage practices that result in solute inflorescences in the upper layers of the soil.

  4. Richard Windsor

    Puccinellia ciliata is used in Australia in the reclamation of salinised soils in irrigation areas.

  5. Midu Hadi

    The Institute of Sustainable Halophyte Utilization has been working to that end for years now: http://halophyte.org/ I did my Ph.D. from there.

    1. Patrick Collins

      Looks like some very interesting work they are doing there.

  6. lynn wohlers

    The bands of color and texture in these two photos bring together aesthetic and botanical sophistication, not something seen that often. The information is plenty to chew on, too, thank you Daniel.

  7. Danae Yurgel

    Borax Lake – Alvord Desert – one of my long time favorite places!
    Thank you for the beautiful photo and informative discussion!
    I agree with so many of the previous comments – great discussion.

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