Saltwater Irrigation

Sea level rise and coastal inundation are changing the agricultural landscape around the world.

Scientists are working on halophytic (salt-loving) plants, including Salicornia bigelovii samphire (pictured). It is hoped that salt-tolerant agricultural ingredients will become staples of a global diet in a world where freshwater irrigation is increasingly unstable. Image credit: ICBA

…saltwater irrigation has been studied for decades, and experiments have succeeded while research and experiments have grown and demonstrated the viability of some plants such as halophytes that have the potential to change our conventional food landscape. What types of new crops can be developed for sustainable harvest, and what techniques can be invented to succeed without additional environmental damage?

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