Department of Soil Science, University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
*Corresponding Author: Hassan Etesami, Department of Soil Science, University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.
Received: February 21, 2018; Published:March 01, 2018
Citation: Hassan Etesami. “Using Halotolerant Bacteria for Farming in Salt Affected Soils". Acta Scientific Agriculture 2.4 (2018).
Increasing population growth and, as a result, the need for more food and the lack of suitable soil for agriculture, have put today's communities at a serious risk. Production of 70% more food for feeding more than 2.3 billion people by 2050 is a major challenge facing the world's agriculture . However, it has been reported that more than 20% of agricultural land worldwide (about 45 million hectares) is affected by salinity and is increasing day by day . Soil salinity is one of the most important factors affecting plant growth and yield. The most important reaction of the plant to soil salinity or water salinity is growth retardation . According to the FAO report, in areas where there is a problem with salinity of soil and water, salinity leads to a 10 to 60% decrease in crop yields. In these areas, farmers try to compensate for the damage caused by salinity by using more inputs, such as chemical fertilizers. However, the use of these fertilizers resulted in greater salinity of these soils.
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