Potential Use of Licorice in Phytoremediation of Salt Affected Soils


The salinisation of lands has become a major environmental issue and has been recognized as the most important economic, social and environmental problem in many regions of the world. Salt and drought tolerant halophytes may help to restore abandoned saline lands for sustainable use for crop production. Licorice has been considered as salt tolerant plant which could be used for remediation of abandoned salt affected soils. Phytoremediation of saline soils with nitrogen-fixing leguminous licorice can improve the soil nitrogen content, increase the soil organic matter, stimulate soil biological activity and improve soil water-holding capacity. This paper focuses on the potential use of licorice for the phytoremediation of salt affected soils.


Phytoremediation Salinity Licorice Salt tolerance Nutrients 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für LandschaftsbiogeochemieLeibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung e. V.,EberswalderMünchebergGermany
  2. 2.Medicinal Plants Program, School of AgricultureUniversity of Massachusetts at AmherstAmherstUSA

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