Feasibility of Halophyte Domestication for High-Salinity Agriculture

  • J. Jed BrownEmail author
  • Edward P. Glenn
  • S. E. Smith
Part of the Tasks for Vegetation Science book series (TAVS, volume 47)


We discuss the process of domesticating wild halophytes to serve as crop plants using seawater irrigation. First steps in this domestication involve determining whether halophyte species exist that may produce significant amounts of a usable product under seawater irrigation and that this is a sustainable agronomic practice. This is followed by development of strategies to improve crop productivity via selecting appropriate species for domestication and then affecting agronomic traits through plant breeding. We demonstrate that halophytes may be productive under seawater irrigation, that this management system may be sustainable, and there are demonstrated pathways toward domestication.


New crops Crop domestication Salinity Salt-affected soils Seawater Drainage water reuse Halophytes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute Center for Water and EnvironmentMasdar Institute of Science and TechnologyAbu DhabiUAE
  2. 2.Environmental Research LaboratoryUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  3. 3.School of Natural Resources and the EnvironmentUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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