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Final Report: CSP00059 - Improved wheat and barley germplasm for saline and sodic soils: a collaborative proposal from CSIRO and DPI-Horsham

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The rationale for the project was an increasing awareness that subsoil salinity is an underlying constraint to cereal production in many regions of southern Australia... Growers will have access to salt-tolerant cultivars of wheat and barley that will enable them to make more informed choices to improve the productivity and reliability of crop yields in salt-affected land... The three general mechanisms of salt tolerance in wheat and barley are the exclusion of salt, the tolerance of high internal salt concentrations in leaves ("tissue tolerance") and the tolerance of high external salt concentrations in the soil ("osmotic stress tolerance")...
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