Optimizing Management Practices for Maximum Production of Two Salt-Tolerant Grasses (Sporobolus virginicus and Distichlis spicata)
- Determine the effect of mechanical rejuvenation techniques on field recovery, and forage yield and quality.
- Assess the effect of rejuvenation techniques on soil physical and chemical properties.
- Manage irrigation water and fertilizer application for better production.
Date of Sowing: 2006
Experimental Design: Split-plot with three replications.
Treatments/Variables: 2 grasses with 3 salinity levels (10, 20 and 30 dS/m)
ICBA has conducted extensive research on salt-tolerant grasses. This work involves evaluating the performance of salt-tolerant annual and perennial forages under extremely saline conditions. As part of this research, scientists also study the growth and yield of two salt-tolerant grasses like Sporobolus virginicus and Distichlis spicata. In a series of field experiments, these grasses have been proven to grow and produce fresh and dry forage well on highly salt-affected farms in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, the UAE. This experiment aims to determine optimum management practices for achieving the maximum output under local conditions.