Investigations on the role ofSuaeda fruticosa Forsk in the reclamation of saline and alkaline soils in West Pakistan plains
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Investigations onSuaeda fruticosa show that it can bring about reclamation of saline and alkaline soils in certain parts of West Pakistan Plains by collecting non-saline blown soil of sandy loam type and by absorbing large quantities of salts from the top soil. An estimate shows that more than 2,400 lbs of salts can be removed from one acre by a single harvest of the aerial parts in the fall each year. The dunes help in reclamation by diluting the salt concentration and decreasing the salt-holding capacity of the topsoil by changing the texture. It is estimated that by this method saline soils can be reclaimed within three years in southern and central parts of West Pakistan Plains which are frequented by dust storms.
KeywordsDust Plant Physiology Salt Concentration Saline Soil Sandy Loam
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