Browsing Forage & Grain Report 1989 by Subjects
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Progress in the Development of Salt Tolerance in AlfalfaIncreasing crop salt tolerance can mean higher yields on irrigated farmland and salt -affected soils. Three cycles of selection were made for growth of alfalfa seedlings under 7500 ppm NaCl. Comparison of parent and selected populations was made for yield and germination under saline conditions. Yield of the last cycle was significantly improved. Germination of the last two cycles was higher than that of the parent and cycle 1.
Variability in Salt Tolerance within a Population of AlflafaGenetic variability must exist for a selection program to be successful. Alfalfa seedlings were selected for salt tolerance after six weeks growth at 7500 ppm NaCl. The selection criteria considered plant height and survival. Variability for each factor within a population of alfalfa was shown. Both criteria were important and facilitated selection from those parents which contributed most to the salt tolerance of the population.