Agroforestry over shallow water tables

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  • Published: 1 Sep 1999

  • Author(s): Thorburn, Peter

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Agroforestry has been widely seen as an ideal land use in areas with shallow water tables. After all, trees can use water at a high rate while also providing the land manager with an economic return and contributing to landcare objectives. However, scientific research is now showing that salts in the groundwater can build up in the root zone of the trees, limiting the growth of trees and threatening their survival.