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Salinity tolerance in irrigated crops


Different crops can tolerate different levels of salinity in irrigation water. The tolerance of plants to salinity is mainly influenced by:
  • climate, particularly the abundance or lack of rainfall to leach salts from soils
  • soil types and drainage characteristics within the root zone which influence the ease of leaching and
  • salt accumulation
Other factors include rootstock or variety, irrigation method (surface or flood, overhead sprinkler, drip), stage of plant growth and irrigation management.

Topics include:

  • Measuring salinity in water
  • References for these values


Primefact 1345 Second Edition

Published: Jan 2017