Current trends and emerging challenges in sustainable management of salt-affected soils: a critical appraisal -- Diagnostic Properties and Constraints of Salt Affected Soils -- Crops and Cropping Sequences for Harnessing Productivity Potential of Sodic Soils -- Bio-amelioration of Salt Affected Soils through Halophyte Plant species -- Microbial approach for bio-remediation of saline and sodic soils -- Plant Growth Promoting Bacteria: An Emerging Tool for Sustainable Crop Production under Salt Stress -- Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) for sustainable soil and plant health in salt affected soils -- Ecology of Saline soil Microorganisms -- Multifunctional Agroforestry Systems for Bio-amelioration of Salt Affected Soils -- Use of Amendments in Ameliorating Soil and Water Sodicity -- Phytoremediation of Metal and Salt Affected Soils -- Bioremediation of Heavy Metals by Microbes -- Reclamation of Sodic Soils in India: An Economic Impact Assessment -- Bioremediation of Salt Affected Soils: Challenges and opportunities.
This edited volume focuses on the characterization, reclamation, bioremediation, and phytoremediation of salt affected soils and waterlogged sodic soils. Innovative technologies in managing marginal salt affected lands merit immediate attention in the light of climate change and its impact on crop productivity and environment. The decision-making process related to reclamation and management of vast areas of salt affected soils encompasses consideration of economic viability, environmental sustainability, and social acceptability of different approaches. The chapters in this book highlight the significant environmental and social impacts of different ameliorative techniques used to manage salt affected soils. Readers will discover new knowledge on the distribution, reactions, changes in bio-chemical properties and microbial ecology of salt affected soils through case studies exploring Indian soils. The contributions presented by experts shed new light on techniques such as the restoration of degraded lands by growing halophyte plant species, diversification of crops and introduction of microbes for remediation of salt infested soils, and the use of fluorescent pseudomonads for enhancing crop yields. ..