A Symbiotic Boost for Greenhouse Tomato Plants

15-10-2019    21:10   |    Phys

Use of saline water to irrigate crops would bolster food security for many arid countries; however, this has not been possible due to the detrimental effects of salt on plants.

Now, researchers at KAUST, along with scientists in Egypt, have shown that saline irrigation of tomato is possible with the help of a beneficial desert root fungus. This represents a new key technology for countries lacking water resources.

"Salt in irrigation water is one of the most significant abiotic stresses in arid and semiarid farming," says former KAUST postdoc Mohamed Abdelaziz, who worked on the project team alongside Heribert Hirt. "Improving plant salt tolerance and increasing the yield and quality of crops is vital, but we must achieve this in a sustainable, inexpensive way."

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