Feasibility Study of Saline Water Usage by Determining of Salinity Production Function on Ber (Ziziphus Spina-Christi)

Document Type : Research Paper


Assistant Professor, Date Palm and Tropical Fruits Research Center, Horticultural Sciences Research Institute, Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Organization (AREEO), Ahvaz, Iran.(


Non-saline water resources are scarce, especially in arid and semi-arid regions. Therefore, the consumption of saline water is inevitable in agricultural usage. Iran has large saline water sources that have different levels of salinity. The use of these resources requires special management practices for the reduction of their negative environmental impacts. The usage of saline drainage waters, generated by irrigated agriculture, seems inevitable for plants irrigation.
Salinity stress reduces the osmotic potential, as well as all major processes of plant including growth, photosynthesis, protein synthesis, and lipid and energy metabolism. Of course, the response of plants and tolerance of different species of plants are different to salinity. The rapid reduction of leaf area and number of leaves, decreasing biomass (dry matter) of the shoot and root, as well as reducing the plant height and active root level in the soil are among the plant responses to salinity stress. Salinity induced changes in photosynthesis, stomatal behavior, chlorophyll content and accumulation of metabolites at growth various stages of ber (Hooda et al, 1990; Ramoliya and Pandey, 2007). Investigating the applicability of agricultural lands drainage in irrigation of juvenile ber plantation and determining the production function of water salinity-shoot dry matter of juvenile ber were overall objectives of this research.


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Volume 41, Issue 3
November 2018
Pages 159-170
  • Receive Date: 19 January 2017
  • Revise Date: 15 April 2017
  • Accept Date: 08 April 2017
  • Publish Date: 23 October 2018