Effect of Saline Water on Productivity of Native Grass Forages in Sandy Soil under Three Salinity Irrigation Levels
Project/Experiment Duration: 2014 - ongoing
- To evaluate agronomic performance and biomass yield of 14 native grass cultivars under three salinity irrigation levels.
- To assess the nutritional quality of fresh and dry biomass of 14 cultivars.
- To evaluate the effect of salinity irrigation and Na Cl on the plants in a long-term experiment.
Date of Planting: 2014
- 8 Species: Buffel Grass, Rhodes Australia, Elephant Grass, Sudan Grass, Sorghum, Mseablo and Blue Panicum
- Replications: 12
- Number of rows per cultivar: 3
- Salinity levels: 3 (5 dS/m, 10 dS/m, 15 dS/m)
This experiment forms part of ICBA’s extensive research on salt-tolerant grasses. It is aimed at investigating the effect of saline water irrigation on the productivity of native grasses under sandy soil conditions in the UAE. The experiment aims to:
- Evaluate the agronomic performance and biomass yield of 14 cultivars under three levels of saline water irrigation;
- Assess the nutritional quality of fresh and dry forages of 14 cultivars;
- Determine the effect of saline water irrigation on the plants as part of a long-term study.