Selection of Salt-Tolerant Plants Using Tissue Culture

  • D. W. Rains
  • T. P. Croughan
  • S. J. Stavarek
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 14)


Plants in nature have evolved a number of adaptive mechanisms to cope with the presence of salt in their environment. The most significant of these mechanisms entails actual tolerance by the plant of high levels of salt within the tissue. This “true tolerance” has been found to provide the greatest tolerance of salt, and is characteristic of most plants inhabiting extremely saline environments. These plants accumulate large amounts of ions from the soil, and maintain growth despite internal concentrations considerably higher than levels that are lethal to plants which utilize other strategies for coping with salinity (Levitt, 1972).


Salt Tolerance Proline Accumulation Bermuda Grass Polyhydric Alcohol Tolerant Line 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. W. Rains
    • 1
  • T. P. Croughan
    • 1
  • S. J. Stavarek
    • 1
  1. 1.Plant Growth Laboratory/Dept. of Agronomy & Range ScienceUniversity of California, DavisDavisUSA

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