Salinity Tolerance in Cotton

  • Niaz AhmedEmail author
  • Usman Khalid Chaudhry
  • Muhammad Arif Ali
  • Fiaz Ahmad
  • Muhammad Sarfraz
  • Sajjad Hussain


Cotton is the chief crop and main pillar of textile industry. Its fiber and seed have significant economic importance. However, salinity interferes with the normal growth functioning and results in halted growth and declined yield of fiber and seed. Salinity effects are more obvious at early growth stages of cotton, limiting final yield. Salt decreases boll formation per plant which ultimately gives decreased fiber yield and poor lint quality. Salinity is a global issue increasing every year due to uncontrolled measures and improper land management. Application of saline irrigation water is adding increments to already existing salts and deteriorating the productive soil. Arid regions are totally dependent upon rain for growth of cotton. Salt problem is more in arid regions due least availability of moisture and water for flushing salts from cotton root zone. Moreover, higher temperature favors excessive evaporation under arid conditions and leaving salt on the upper surface of soil. Salts at the surface soil impede cotton seed germination. In this chapter, we discussed formation of saline soils and their sources which deter cotton growth. Physiological changes, oxidative stress caused due to salinity, role of molecular transporters involved in detoxification and specific gene expression is also illuminated.


Cotton Salinity Growth of cotton Agronomic approaches Physiology Molecular techniques 



Abscisic acid


Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi


Ascorbate peroxidase




Hydrogen peroxide


Isopentenyl transferase


Singlet oxygen


Superoxide anions


Hydroxyl radicals




Reactive oxygen species


Superoxide dismutase


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Niaz Ahmed
    • 1
    Email author
  • Usman Khalid Chaudhry
    • 2
  • Muhammad Arif Ali
    • 1
  • Fiaz Ahmad
    • 3
  • Muhammad Sarfraz
    • 4
  • Sajjad Hussain
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Soil ScienceBahauddin Zakariya UniversityMultanPakistan
  2. 2.Department of Agricultural Genetic Engineering, Ayhan Sahenk Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and TechnologiesNiğde Ömer Halisdemir UniversityNiğdeTurkey
  3. 3.Central Cotton Research InstituteMultanPakistan
  4. 4.Soil Salinity Research InstitutePindi BhattianPakistan
  5. 5.Department of HorticultureBahauddin Zakariya UniversityMultanPakistan

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