Combating Desertification with Plants

  • Dov Pasternak
  • Arnold Schlissel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Dov Pasternak
      Pages 17-30
  3. Potential Germplasm for Arid Lands

  4. Introduction, Domestication and Dissemination of Arid Land Plants

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Y. Ben Dov, M. Forti, R. Pauker, J. A. Aronson, D. Pasternak
      Pages 121-148
    3. M. L. Sizemskaya, A. V. Bykov, N. U. Kulakova, G. V. Lindeman, I. N. Olovjannikova, M. K. Sapanov et al.
      Pages 157-159
    4. Dan Schafferman, Ella Shabelsky, Zohara Yaniv
      Pages 161-167
    5. Patrick L. J. Van Damme
      Pages 169-187
    6. Hava F. Rapoport, Mercedes del Rio, Antonio de Haro
      Pages 189-197
    7. Avinoam Nerd, Eli Afflalo, Yosef Mizrahi
      Pages 249-255
  5. Land Rehabilitation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 289-289
    2. Wenjiang Liu, Mingting Liu
      Pages 301-313
    3. M. Diatta, M. Diack, M. Sene, D. Pasternak
      Pages 315-324
    4. Tony Rinaudo
      Pages 325-336
    5. Issam Nofal, Tahseen Barakat
      Pages 369-374
  6. Mechanisms of Plant Transfer

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 457-462

About this book


The conference "Combating Desertification with Plants" was held in Beer Sheva, Israel, from November 2-5, 1999, and was attended by 70 participants from 30 countries and/or international organisations. Desertification - the degradation of soils in drylands - is a phenomenon occurring in scores of countries around the globe. The number of people (in semiarid regions) affected by the steady decline in the productivity of their lands is in the hundred millions. The measures required to halt and reverse the process of desertification fall into many categories - policy, institutional, sociological-anthropological, and technical. Although technical "solutions" are not currently in vogue, the conference organizers felt that perhaps the pendulum had swung too far in the direction of "participatory approaches." Hence IPALAC - The International Program for Arid Land Crops - whose function is to serve as a catalyst for optimizing the contribution of plant germplasm to sustainable development in desertification-prone regions - felt the time was opportune for providing a platform for projects where the "plant-driven" approach to development finds expression. Some 45 papers were delivered at the conference, falling into the categories of this volume: Overview, Potential Germplasm for Arid Lands, Introduction, Domestication and Dissemination of Arid Land Plants, Land Rehabilitation, and Mechanisms of Plant Transfer. The conference was funded by UNESCO (Division of Ecological Sciences), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, and MASHAV, Israel's Center for International Development Cooperation.


Boraginaceae biodiversity development environmental protection forest plant development production

Editors and affiliations

  • Dov Pasternak
    • 1
  • Arnold Schlissel
    • 1
  1. 1.International Program for Arid Land CropsBen-Gurion University of the NegevBeer ShevaIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers, New York 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-5499-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-1327-8
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