International Symposium on
Drylands Ecology and Human Security
Low Quality of Crops Produced in Salt-affected Soils
Amir Hossein Khoshgoftarmanesh
Department of Soil Science, College of Agriculture, University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran
Soil salinity is an important ecological problem in the landscape of semi-arid and arid regions of the world. Saline soils represent over 30% of arable lands in Iran. The environmental implications of salinization in terms of food quality by crops have yet to be fully assessed. There is evidence of enhanced Cd uptake by wheat that is a major diet for Iranian people. Greater available Cd reduces concentration of micronutrients especially Zn in wheat grain.