Plant and Soil

, Volume 61, Issue 3, pp 311–317 | Cite as

Salinity tolerance of the tree legumes: Mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa var.torreyana, P. velutina andP. articulata) Algarrobo (P. chilensis), Kiawe (P. pallida) and Tamarugo (P. tamarugo) grown in sand culture on nitrogen-free media

  • Peter Felker
  • Peter R. Clark
  • A. E. Laag
  • P. F. Pratt


Sand culture pot experiments were carried out with Proposis seedlings in the greenhouse on a nitrogen free nutrient solution with increasing levels of sodium chloride. All species tolerated a 6,000 mg/l salinity with no reduction in growth.P. velutina was the only species that poorly tolerated the 12,000 mg/l salinity level.P. articulata, P. pallida, andP. tamarugo tolerated 18,000 mg/l NaCl with little reduction in growth and grew slightly in a salinity (36,000 mg/l NaCl) greater than seawater. This is the first legume known to grown in salinities equivalent to seawater.

Key Words

Biofuel Leguminous trees Nitrogen fixation Semi-arid 


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© Martinus Nijhoff/Dr W. Junk Publishers 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Felker
    • 1
  • Peter R. Clark
    • 1
  • A. E. Laag
    • 1
  • P. F. Pratt
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Soil and Environmental SciencesUniversity of California, RiversideRiverside

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