Long-term Experiment on Evaluation of Salinity Tolerance among Large Collections of Buffel Grass

Project/Experiment Duration: 2007 - ongoing

Research Innovation Themes: Crop Improvement and Sustainable Production

Project/Experiment Team: Dr. Zied Hammami Dr. Abidemi O. Talabi Dr. Mohammed Shahid Mr. Balagurusamy Santhanakrishnan Dr. R. K. Singh

Objectives:

  1. Assess the long-term impact of salinity on buffel grass (Cenchrus ciliaris) growth and productivity, and on soil.
  2. Evaluate the selected accessions for forage quality under saline conditions.
  3. Conduct seed multiplication.
  4. Improve best management practices for forage crops in marginal regions.

Planting date: 2007 Field Variables:

  •  A total number of 40 germplasm accessions
  •  3 salinity levels: (8 dS/m, 16 dS/m,  24 dS/m)
  •  Plots with 2 rows of 4 meters for each genotype