Saline farming - molecular breeding of salt tolerant wheat
Our major aim is to turn saline soil into productive soil to fight poverty and hunger.
Soil salinization is a serious and increasing problem. Globally ca 500 million ha are affected with reduced yields as a consequence. In some areas, the situation is so severe that the land is left fallow. This cause economic consequence that often, in developing countries, farmers can no longer feed their families but are forced to migrate to cities where they end up in slums. To turn saline soil into productive soil we need to develop saline tolerant varieties, in our case wheat. Another aim of the project is to identify molecular markers for the salt tolerance trait to facilitate breeding of the salt tolerant character.