Optimizing Management Practices for Production of Two Halophytic Grasses (Sporobolus virginicus and Distichlis spicata) in Marginal Environments

Project/Experiment Duration: 2006 - ongoing

Research Innovation Themes: Management of Natural Resources in Marginal Environments

Project/Experiment Team: Dr. Zied Hammami Dr. Abidemi O. Talabi Dr. Khalil Ammar Dr. Henda Mahmoudi Dr. Kennia Brum Doncato Mr. Balagurusamy Santhanakrishnan

Objectives: Assess the long-term impact of salinity on 2 halophytic grass species growth, yield and quality as well as on soil condition Management of irrigation water and fertilizers application for optimized productivity Improve best management practices for forage crops in marginal regions.

Planting date: 2006 Experimental Design: Systemic arrangement Treatments/Variables: 2 grass species Salinity levels: 3 (10, 20 and 30 dS/m)