Soil Salinity under Irrigation

Processes and Management

  • Isaac Shainberg
  • Joseph Shalhevet
Conference proceedings

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 51)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Introduction

    1. J. Letey
      Pages 1-11
  3. Soil Salinity under Irrigation — Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. J. J. Jurinak, R. Keren, I. Shainberg
      Pages 15-48
    3. I. Shainberg, W. W. Emerson, R. Keren
      Pages 49-99
    4. R. J. Wagenet, W. A. Jury
      Pages 100-129
    5. J. D. Rhoades, H. Frenkel
      Pages 130-172
  4. Soil Salinity under Irrigation — Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. J. D. Oster, J. van Schilfgaarde, D. Russo
      Pages 175-219
    3. J. Loveday, K. K. Tanji, S. J. Deverel
      Pages 220-257
    4. M. Th. van Genuchten, G. J. Hoffman, R. J. Hanks, A. Meiri, J. Shalhevet, U. Kafkafi
      Pages 258-338
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 339-352

About these proceedings


The importance of irrigation in the world's agriculture is rapidly increasing. Although it is practised on a large scale mainly in arid and semi-arid zones, supplementary irrigation is becoming popular in semi-humid regions as well. The record of irrigation speaks for itself in terms of increased crop production. However, the question remains as to how permanent the achievement may be. Judging from history, it seems that irrigation eventually failed in many regions because the knowledge and technology available to society at the time were incapable of coping with the problems created. Undoubtedly soil salinity is the most prevalent and widespread problem limiting crop productivity in irrigated agriculture. It has, therefore, attracted the attention of the scientific community since the advent of modern agronomic research. Through the past six to seven decades a considerable body of information has been accumulated, which has promoted the understanding of the principles involved and helped to develop the technology for coping with the problems. Our present knowledge, if judiciously applied, is adequate for coping with many of the salinity problems resulting from mismanagement of irrigation and drainage. But for this knowledge to be used, it has to be generally known and understood and be re-examined from time to time.


Drainage Irrigation agriculture salinity soil

Editors and affiliations

  • Isaac Shainberg
    • 1
  • Joseph Shalhevet
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Soils and WaterAgricultural Research Organization The Volcani CenterBet DaganIsrael

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-69838-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-69836-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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