Plant and Soil

, Volume 135, Issue 2, pp 303–305 | Cite as

Desalinization of saline soils by Suaeda salsa

  • Zhao Ke-Fu


The halophyte, Suaeda salsa, was grown in saline soil in pots and watered with a NaCl solution containing 0.2 g L-1 Na-ions. S. salsa accumulated Na during a 120-day growing period and caused a net reduction in the Na content of the soil. S. salsa also decreased the Na content of saline soil in a field experiment. The Na content of the soil at depth 20–30 cm was reduced by 4.5% with S. salsa at a density of 15 plants m-2 and by 6.7% with a density of 30 plants m-2. In contrast, the Na content was decreased by only 1% with Medicago sativa at 15 plant m-2 and increased by 3.8% with bare soil. The results confirm that S. salsa is an effective salt absorber in saline soils.

Key words

desalinization halophyte Medicago sativa Suaeda salsa 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhao Ke-Fu
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  1. 1.Department of BiologyShandong Teachers' UniversityJinan, Shandong ProvincePeople's Republic of Chia

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