Reducing plant stress using Australian melaleuca

  • 103 pages

  • Published: 1 Dec 1999

  • Author(s): Bodapati, Naidu, P., Cameron, Donald F., Dr.

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Australia is the driest continent with about third of its lands affected by salinity and/or sodicity. A practical way to remedy the effects of stress in agricultural plants is of vital importance to Australia.

Recent research shows that some plant species have a greater capacity to tolerate stress and this capacity is mainly due to the accumulation of organic compounds called Osmoprotectants. Research at CSIRO Tropical Agriculture reveals that the levels of osmoprotectants and thus stress tolerance could be increased in agricultural crops simply by external application.