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Halophytes and climate change: adaptive mechanisms and potential uses.

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Chapter 20 (Page no: 324)

Practical uses of halophytic plants as sources of food and fodder.

Halophytes are plants that are adapted to saline soils in their natural habitats because they are salt tolerant. They are found in a range of environments with varied salinity and climatic conditions. These plant species can be irrigated with saline water and cultivated on saline soils that are unsuitable for commercial crops. Halophytes are rich in nutrients, such as antioxidants, fatty acids and amino acids, and many species have been used traditionally as herbs and vegetables, feed and fodder. Therefore, halophytes are considered one of the alternative solutions to problems related to food security, fresh water scarcity, salinization and diversification of diets for healthier nutrition. However, despite the promising future for multiple uses of halophytes, many problems related to halophyte cultivation for human and animal consumption and their commercialization have still not been tackled. This chapter is intended to provide an overview of the development of halophytes as vegetable, feed and fodder, and to highlight the importance of creating a demand in the marketplace for halophyte consumption.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 3) Defining halophytes: a conceptual and historical approach in an ecological frame. Author(s): Grigore, M. N.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 19) Habitats of halophytes. Author(s): Kapler, A.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 38) Intra-habitat variability of halophytic flora of north-west India. Author(s): Sarita Devi Ashwani Kumar Mann, A. Arya, S. S. Gurdev Chand Neeraj Kumar Anita Kumari Pooja Babita Rani Arvind Kumar
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 55) Halophytic vegetation in south-east Europe: classification, conservation and ecogeographical patterns. Author(s): Stevanović, Z. D. Aćić, S. Stešević, D. Luković, M. Šilc, U.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 69) South African salt marshes: ecophysiology and ecology in the context of climate change. Author(s): Tabot, P. T. Adams, J. B.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 89) Seagrasses, the unique adaptation of angiosperms to the marine environment: effect of high carbon and ocean acidification on energetics and ion homeostasis. Author(s): Rubio, L. Fernández, J. A.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 104) Ecophysiology of seed heteromorphism in halophytes: an overview. Author(s): Aysha Rasheed Farah Nisar Bilquees Gul Khan, M. A. Abdul Hameed
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 115) Salt marsh plants: biological overview and vulnerability to climate change. Author(s): Touchette, B. W. Kneppers, M. K. Eggert, C. M.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 137) Ion accumulation pattern of halophytes. Author(s): Chaudhary, D. R.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 152) Morpho-anatomical traits of halophytic species. Author(s): Rančić, D. Pećinar, I. Aćić, S. Stevanović, Z. D.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 179) ROS signalling, and antioxidant defence network in halophytes. Author(s): Surówka, E. Latowski, D. Libik-Konieczny, M. Miszalski, Z.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 196) Antioxidant defence in halophytes under high salinity. Author(s): Neeraj Kumar Shubham Lamba Ashwani Kumar Pratima Kumar Mann, A. Sarita Devi Pooja Anita Kumari Babita Rani
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 209) Soil chemical composition modifies the morpho-physiological responses of Prosopis strombulifera, a halophyte native to South America. Author(s): Reginato, M. Llanes, A. Luna, V.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 223) Elimination of salt by recretion: salt glands and gland-supported bladders in recretohalophytes. Author(s): Lüttge, U.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 240) Synergic effects of rhizobacteria: increasing use of halophytes in a changing world. Author(s): Mesa-Marín, J. Mateos-Naranjo, E. Rodríguez-Llorente, I. D. Pajuelo, E. Redondo-Gómez, S.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 255) Arsenic tolerance mechanisms in halophytes: the case of Tamarix gallica. Author(s): Sghaier, D. B. Pedro, S. Duarte, B. Caçador, I. Sleimi, N.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 266) Thylakoid electron transfer in Salicornia veneta under different salinity levels: a fluorescence-based study. Author(s): Cannata, R. Barbato, R.
Chapter: 18 (Page no: 275) Introgression of halophytic salt stress-responsive genes for developing stress tolerance in crop plants. Author(s): Jha, R. K. Jaykumar Patel Avinash Mishra Bhavanath Jha
Chapter: 19 (Page no: 287) Halophytes: potential resources of coastal ecosystems and their economic, ecological and bioprospecting significance. Author(s): Parida, A. K. Asha Kumari Jaykumar Rangani Monika Patel
Chapter: 21 (Page no: 343) Use of halophytes as medicinal plants: phytochemical diversity and biological activity. Author(s): Stevanović, Z. D. Stanković, M. S. Stanković, J. Janaćković, P. Stanković, M.
Chapter: 22 (Page no: 359) Lipids in halophytes: stress physiology relevance and potential future applications. Author(s): Duarte, B. Matos, A. R. Marques, J. C. Caçador, I.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Central European University, Nador utca 9, 1051 Budapest, Hungary.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2019
  • ISBN
  • 9781786394330
  • Record Number
  • 20193071947