Breeding Salt-Tolerant Crop Plants

  • Jack D. Norlyn
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 14)


To date there has been a moderate amount of work done on the development of salt tolerant crop plants. Fuchs (1955) speculated that breeding for salt tolerance should be quite similar to breeding for drought tolerance. In the 1960’s, Dewey (1962) developed a program for breeding salt tolerant crested wheatgrass, Epstein and Jefferies (1964) wrote on the genetic control of ion absorption and salt tolerance, Hunt (1965) demonstrated heritability of salt tolerance in intermediate wheatgrass, Ramage (personal communication) began his studies of developing salt tolerant barley in Arizona, and there were others, but not many. By now, there are programs under way for the improvement of the salt tolerance of several crops including alfalfa, barley, corn, grapes, and even walnuts. In the United States Department of Agriculture/Current Research Information System (USDA/CRIS) data base, there are about 30 active projects and 17 recently completed ones that include the topic of improving the salt tolerance of crops in some form of breeding program.


Salt Stress Salt Tolerance International Rice Research Institute Sodic Soil Research Information System 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jack D. Norlyn
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  1. 1.Department of Land, Air and Water ResourcesUniversity of California, DavisDavisUSA

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