Optimizing Management Practices for Maximum Production of Two Salt-Tolerant Grasses (Sporobolus virginicus and Distichlis spicata)


  1. Determine the effect of mechanical rejuvenation techniques on field recovery, and forage yield and quality.
  2. Assess the effect of rejuvenation techniques on soil physical and chemical properties.
  3. 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.