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Species, types, distribution, and economic potential of halophytes in China

Kefu Zhao, Jie Song, Gu Feng, Meng Zhao and Jinping Liu
Plant and Soil
Vol. 342, No. 1/2 (May 2011), pp. 495-526
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/24130941
Page Count: 31
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Abstract

According to a survey conducted from 1995 to 2004 in the eight regions with salinized soils, China contains 587 halophytes representing 242 genera and 71 families: apart from three species of ferns, all are angiosperms. Physiologically, Chinese halophytes include salt-secreting halophytes, euhalophytes, and pseudohalophytes. Ecologically, Chinese halophytes include zerohalophytes, mesohalophytes, and hydrohalophytes. Chinese halophytes represent a salt-tolerant gene pool that might be used to increase the salt tolerance of conventional crops through breeding, but also have considerable potential as salt-tolerant economic crops providing food, forage, medicine, and industrial material in salinized soils.

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