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Project: A contribution to the diversification of the production of vegetable crops by research on cultivation methods and selection of halophytes.

01-JAN-00 – 31-DEC-99

A number of plant species occuring naturally in areas with saline and brackish soils are gathered as vegetables. Attempts are made to grow these plants in horticulture in order to produce a commercially viable crop. Four plant species have been selected for the project : Aster tripolium, Salicornia spp., Beta vulgaris subsp. maritima, Crambe maritima. Breeding, ecophysiology, productivity, soil nutrition and harvesting techniques are all aspects that will be investigated, as well as under artificial (laboratory) conditions as on the experimental fields in The Netherlands and Portugal. This research will result in the selection of new varieties of saline crops and lead to uniform and resistant crops.