Desert Plants, Volume 25, Number 1 (June 2009)
ABOUT THE COLLECTION
Desert Plants is a unique botanical journal published by The University of Arizona for Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum. This journal is devoted to encouraging the appreciation of indigenous and adapted arid land plants. Desert Plants publishes a variety of manuscripts intended for amateur and professional desert plant enthusiasts. A few of the diverse topics covered include desert horticulture, landscape architecture, desert ecology, and history. First published in 1979, Desert Plants is currently published biannually with issues in June and December.
Digital access to this material is made possible by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum, and the University Libraries at the University of Arizona.
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- High Biodiversity in Association with the Common Baobab Tree
- Cultivation of Carnegiea gigantea from Seeds: a Journey in Desert Ecology
- What is in a Name - Legumes of Arizona - An Illustrated Flora and Reference
- Enhancement of Nitraria retusa Growth by Rhizospheric Microbial Inoculum
- Monitoring Update on Five Listed Plants and One Candidate Species on the Arizona Strip
- How to Photograph Desert Plants and Flowers
Enhancement of Nitraria retusa Growth by Rhizospheric Microbial InoculumNative desert vegetation in Kuwait has been severely depleted due to both natural and anthropogenic factors and are facing the danger of extinction. Symbiotic rhizospheric microflora influences the growth of plant communities in different ecosystems. The objective of this study is to emphasize the enhancing effect of rhizospheric microbial inoculum on the growth of native desert plants. A shed house experiment was conducted using Nitraria retusa which was selected on the basis of its importance and potential for the revegetation of desert flora. The plant was propagated in three different soil treatments: soil with added rhizospheric inoculum (SI), soil with added amendment (SP) and soil with added rhizospheric inoculum and amendment (SIP). The growth performance of N. retusa in terms of shoot height and number of leaves was monitored on a monthly basis during 120 d experimental duration and compared with control soil treatment (SC) which was soil without any additions. The results clearly demonstrated the enhancing effect of rhizospheric microbial inoculum when combined with fertilizers in soil amended treatment (SIP) on the growth of N. retusa. Additionally, N. retusa in the inoculated treatment (SI) maintained a high survival rate during the experiment compared to other treatments.