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Future of Sustainable Agriculture in Saline Environments

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July 2, 2021 Forthcoming by CRC Press
542 Pages 140 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Food production on present and future saline soils deserves the world’s attention particularly because food security is a pressing issue, millions of hectares of degraded soils are available worldwide, fresh water is becoming increasingly scarce, and the global sea-level rise threatens food production in fertile coastal lowlands. Future of Sustainable Agriculture in Saline Environments aims to showcase the global potential of saline agriculture. Covering essential topics, such as policy and awareness, soil management, future crops and genetic developments, all supplemented by case studies that show how this knowledge has been applied. This book creates an overview of current research themes and practical cases focused on enhancing food production on saline lands.


  • Describes the critical role of chemistry in the efforts to achieve sustainability in agriculture on a global scale
  • Discusses next-generation problems, such as soil contamination and underground water due to fluoride and arsenic, as well as developing multi-stress tolerant crops
  • Addresses the growing of crops on saline soils in the context of climate change and in consideration of environmental aspects
  • Highlights diverse solutions to tackle the complex problem of salinity and waterlogging and safer management of poor-quality water, all supplemented by case studies

The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.routledge.com/books/e/9780367621469 has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution–Non Commercial–No Derivatives 4.0 license.

Table of Contents



About the Editors

Chapter 1 Saline agriculture: a call to action 

Pier Vellinga, Atiq Rahman, Barbara Wolthuis, Katarzyna Negacz, Redouan Choukr-Allah, Edward G. Barrett-Lennard and Theo Elzinga

Chapter 2 Achieving multiple Sustainable Development Goals through saline agriculture

Katarzyna Negacz, Bas Bruning, Pier Vellinga

Chapter 3 Agriculture in salinizing landscapes in southern Australia: selected research ‘snapshots’

Edward G Barrett-Lennard and Hayley Norman

Chapter 4  Use and Management of Saline Water for Irrigation in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) Region            

Redouane Choukr-Allah

Chapter 5 Salinization threats to agriculture across the North Sea Region      

Iain Gould, Jeroen De Waegemaeker, Domna Tzemi, Isobel Wright, Simon Pearson, Eric Ruto, Leena Karrasch, Laurids Siig Christensen, Henrik Aronsson, Susanne Eich-Greatorex, Gary Bosworth, Pier Vellinga

Chapter 6 Economic impact of soil salinization and the potential for saline agriculture     

Eric Ruto, Domna Tzemi, Iain Gould, Gary Bosworth

Chapter 7 Cost or benefit? Estimating the global economic potential of saline agriculture

Katarzyna Negacz, Pier Vellinga

Chapter 8 Challenges and opportunities for saline agriculture in coastal Bangladesh 

Atiq Rahman and Nasir Uddin

Chapter 9 Innovations of the 21st century in the management of Iranian salt-affected lands

Zeinab Hazbavi and Mostafa Zabihi Silabi

Chapter 10 An approach to monitoring of salt-affected croplands using remote sensing data: the case study in the Nukus district (Uzbekistan) 

Maria Konyushkova, Alexander Krenke, Gulchekhra Khasankhanova, Nizamatdin Mamutov, Victor Statov, Yevgenia Pankova

Chapter 11 From desert farm to fork: value chain development for innovative Salicornia-based food products – a case study in the United Arab Emirates

Dionysia-Angeliki Lyra, Efstathios Lampakis, Mohamed Al Muhairi, Fatima Mohammed Bin Tarsh, Mohamed Abdel Hamyd Dawoud, Basem Al Khawaldeh, Meis Moukayed, Jacek Plewa, Luca Cobre, Ohod Saleh Al Masjedi, Khawla Mohammed Al Marzouqi, Hayatullah Ahmadzai, Mansoor Khamees Al Tamimi and Wasel Abdelwahid Abou Dahr

Chapter 12 Saline agriculture as a way to adapt to sea level rise

Pier Vellinga and Edward G. Barrett-Lennard

Chapter 13 Stakeholder perspectives on the issue of salinization in agriculture in The Netherlands    

Isa Camara Beauchampet

Chapter 14 Mitigating and adapting agriculture of coastal areas in the Netherlands Wadden sea region to increasing salinization: from a vision towards a practical implementation 

Mindert de Vries, Jouke Velstra, Johan Medenblik, Joca Jansen, Linda Smit, Aaltje Rispens, Gualbert Oude Essink

Chapter 15 Saline Farming in the Wadden Sea region of the Netherlands: promising initiatives for salt-tolerant crops and saline aquaculture 

Tine te Winkel, Jouke Velstra, Marc van Rijsselberghe, Klaas Laansma, Titian Oterdoom

Chapter 16 Viability of the saline farming of quinoa and seed potatoes in the Netherlands. An assessment supported by a value chain analysis of both products 

M. A. de Wit, Ir. P. Vellinga, K. Negacz

Chapter 17 Dynamics of soil salinity in Denmark 

Laurids Siig Christensen

Chapter 18 Climate-resilient agricultural practices in the saline-prone areas of Bangladesh    

Muhammad Abdur Rahaman, Md. Sahadat Hossain, Md. Iqbal Hossain

Chapter 19 Salinity dynamics and water availability in water bodies over a dry season in the Ganges Delta: implications for cropping systems intensification     

Afrin Jahan Mila, Richard W. Bell, Edward G. Barrett-Lennard, and Enamul Kabir

Chapter 20 The International Farmers’ Café on Salinization and Saline Agriculture: a test case for participatory research on saline agriculture 

Jeroen De Waegemaeker, Elke Rogge

Chapter 21 Putting saline agriculture into practice – a case study from Bangladesh     

A. De Vos, A. Parra González and B. Bruning

Chapter 22 Case study - Stichting De Zilte Smaak: ‘Discovering saline farming potential on Terschelling

Jacqueline Wijbenga, Stichting De Zilte Smaak

Chapter 23 Developments in adaptation to salinity at the crop level

Theo Elzenga, Edward G. Barrett-Lennard, Redouan Choukr-Allah

Chapter 24 Salt effects on plants - an overview   

Živko Jovanović, Svetlana Radović

Chapter 25 Global analysis of differences in plant traits between salt tolerant and salt sensitive plants

B. Bruning, W.K. Cornwell and J. Rozema

Chapter 26 Comparative study on the response of several tomato rootstocks to drought and salinity stresses

Hirich Abdelaziz, Chakhchar Abdelghani and Choukr-Allah

Chapter 27 Root architecture and productivity of three grass species under salt stress

Liping Wang, Junjie Yi, J. Theo M. Elzenga

Chapter 28 Quinoa, a promising halophyte with modified planting date and minimum water and pesticide requirements for Fars Province, Iran

Rezvan Talebnejad, Ali Reza Sepaskhah, Maryam Bahrami

Chapter 29 Response of quinoa to high salinity under arid conditions

Mohammad Shahid and Sumitha Thushar

Chapter 30 The potential of edible halophytes as new crops in saline agriculture: the ice plant (Mesembryanthemum crystallinum L.) case study   

Giulia Atzori

Chapter 31 Salicornia species: current status and future potential

Tanmay Chaturvedi, Aslak H. C. Christiansen, Iwona Gołębiewska, and Mette H. Thomsen

Chapter 32 Plant growth promoting bacteria as an alternative strategy for the amelioration of salt stress effects in plants

Živko Jovanović, Svetlana Radović

Chapter 33 Tolerance to environmental stresses: Do fungal endophytes mediate plasticity in Solanum dulcamara?

Sasirekha Munikumar, Karaba N. Nataraja and J. Theo. M. Elzenga

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Katarzyna Negacz is a postdoctoral researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and cooperates with Wadden Academy. For more than 12 years she has been involved in research and practice related to sustainable development. After completing her studies in economics and law, Professor Negacz earned a doctoral degree in environmental economics at the Warsaw School of Economics for her research on the evolution of green consumption in Taiwan. She conducted research in Switzerland, Poland, Spain, Taiwan, Germany, and the Netherlands. Her current research focuses on the potential of saline degraded lands for sustainable food production and transnational biodiversity governance.

Pier Vellinga earned a PhD in coastal protection at Delft Technical University. He has a chair on climate change at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam since 1990. His teaching, research, and publications (about 200) focus on the implications of climate change regarding water, energy, and food. He joined Wageningen University in 2007 as a professor in climate change. Over the years he has fulfilled many different board positions in NGOs, research programs, and UN, EU, and governmental committees and financial institutions. For 30 years he has been advisor to the Venice Water Authorities on the protection of Venice and its lagoon, a work successfully completed in 2020.

Edward Barrett-Lennard works in the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) of Western Australia, Murdoch University and The University of Western Australia. For more than 35 years Professor Barrett-Lennard has been a passionate researcher and advocate of the need to develop saline agricultural farming systems in response to landscape salinization and climate change. His interests lie at the intersection between practical agriculture, agronomy, soil science, and ecophysiology. He is the author/editor of four books, more than 70 papers, and numerous other publications. Professor Barrett-Lennard has worked in Australia (mostly), Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Iraq, and Vietnam.

Redouane Choukr-Allah is a horticultural, soil, and water environmental expert with more than 35 years of experience in the use of saline water and the use of pretreated sewage in Horticulture. He earned a PhD in environment horticulture at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, USA. He also served as a technical coordinator of a 12 million project, financed by USAID on the water resources sustainability in Morocco. He served as head of the Horticulture Department from 1983 to 1996 and as head of the salinity and plant nutrition laboratory since 1996. He served at ICBA as a senior fellow scientist in horticulture and a Section Head of Crop Diversification and Genetics. He has produced numerous publications, including edited books, research reports, articles in peer-reviewed international journals, and books in the field of nonconventional water.

Theo Elzenga earned an MSc in biology at the University of Amsterdam and a PhD at Groningen on nutrient and CO2 acquisition by plants. After working as a postdoctoral student at Wageningen University and at the University of Washington in Seattle, he returned to Groningen, where he has held a chair in ecophysiology of plants since 2000. His teaching focuses on the adaptation and acclimation of plants to adverse conditions. He was Director of the Centre of Ecological and Evolutionary Studies, Director of the Graduate School of Ecology and Evolution, and Director of the Undergraduate School of the Faculty of Science and Engineering. He is on advisory panels on agricultural development and the safety of genetically engineered organisms.