Biosalinity in Action: Bioproduction with Saline Water

  • Dov Pasternak
  • Anthony San Pietro

Part of the Developments in Plant and Soil Sciences book series (DPSS, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Mechanisms of salt tolerance in algae and terrestrial plants

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. J. Gorham, R. G. Wyn Jones, E. McDonnell
      Pages 15-40
    3. T. J. Flowers
      Pages 41-56
    4. L. G. Paleg, G. R. Stewart, R. Starr
      Pages 83-94
  3. Production of micro and macroalgae with saline water

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. R. H. Reed, S. R. C. Warr, D. L. Richardson, D. J. Moore, W. D. P. Stewart
      Pages 97-106
    3. Rachel Gabbay, Elisha Tel-Or
      Pages 107-116
    4. Shoshana Arad, Michel Adda, Ephraim Cohen
      Pages 117-127
    5. Avigad Vonshak, Amos Richmond
      Pages 129-135
    6. Y. Lipkin
      Pages 159-183
  4. Crop production with saline water

  5. Seawater agriculture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 309-309
    2. J. W. O’Leary, E. P. Glenn, M. C. Watson
      Pages 311-321
    3. D. Pasternak, A. Danon, J. A. Aronson, R. W. Benjamin
      Pages 337-348
  6. Mariculture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 349-349

About this book


Historically, scientists and laymen have regarded salinity as a hazar­ dous, detrimental phenomenon. This negative view was a principal reason for the lack of agricultural development of most arid and semi­ arid zones of the world where the major sources of water for biological production are saline. The late Hugo Boyko was probably the first scientist in recent times to challenge this commonly held, pessimistic view of salinity. His research in Israel indicated that many plants can be irrigated with saline water, even at seawater strength, if they are in sandy soil - a technique that could open much barren land to agriculture. This new, even radical, approach to salinity was clearly enunciated in the book he edited and most appropriately entitled 'Salinity and Aridity: New Approaches to Old Problems' (1966). A decade later, three members of the United States National Science Foundation (NSF), Lewis Mayfield, James Aller and Oskar Zaborsky, formulated the 'Biosaline Concept'; namely, that poor soils, high solar insolation and saline water, which prevail in arid lands, should be viewed as useful resources rather than as disadvantages, and that these resources can be used for non-traditional production of food, fuels and chemicals. The First International Workshop on Biosaline Research was con­ vened at Kiawah Island, South Carolina, in 1977 by A. San Pietro.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Dov Pasternak
    • 1
  • Anthony San Pietro
    • 2
  1. 1.The Institutes for Applied ResearchBen Gurion University of the NegevBeer-ShevaIsrael
  2. 2.Department of BiologyIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8759-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-5111-2
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