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Journal of Applied Sciences
Year: 2007  |  Volume: 7  |  Issue: 16  |  Page No.: 2272 - 2276

The Ameliorative Effect of Artificial Zeolite on Barley under Saline Conditions

A. Al-Busaidi, T. Yamamoto and M. Irshad    

Abstract: This investigation was aimed to evaluate the effects of zeolite in conjunction with seawater irrigation on barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) growth and salt composition of soil. A sand dune soil was amended with Ca-type zeolite at the rate of 1 and 5% and the seawater was diluted up to the electrical conductivity of 3 and 16 dS m-1. Present results showed that zeolite application significantly increased water holding capacity of the soil and accumulated more salts. The zeolite mixed soils improved plant growth compared to the un-amended control. Higher saline water significantly suppressed the growth of barley than the water with low salinity. The restricted plant growth due to the effects of specific ion or Na+/Ca2+ imbalance may be ameliorated using Ca-type zeolite. We may conclude that soil amendment with zeolite could alleviate the adverse effects of salts on plants following irrigation with higher saline water.

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