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  1. Vol. 79 No. 5, p. 943-945
    Received: Jan 16, 1987

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A Method for Evaluation of Salt Tolerance during Germination, Emergence, and Seedling Establishment1

  1. T. McKimmie and
  2. A. K. Dobrenz2



Salinity is an increasing problem for irrigated agriculture, but few well-defined methods exist for providing uniform, repeatable conditions to select plants for salt tolerance. A floodable planter box (salt box) was designed and used as a screening method for salt tolerance in alfalfa (Medicago sariva L.). The Salt box was used to screen over 100 000 seedlings. Vigorous plants were selected after 6 weeks growth in −0.8 MPa salinity (NaCl). This system provides a method to identify salt tolerant plant, and to test selections against other populations.

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