Investigations carried out at Botany Department, University of Glasgow.
GENECOLOGICAL STUDIES OF SALT TOLERANCE IN GROUNDSEL (SENECIO VULGARIS L.) WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO ROADSIDE HABITATS
Article first published online: 2 MAY 2006
Volume 81, Issue 2, pages 381–389, September 1978
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BRIGGS, D. (1978), GENECOLOGICAL STUDIES OF SALT TOLERANCE IN GROUNDSEL (SENECIO VULGARIS L.) WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO ROADSIDE HABITATS. New Phytologist, 81: 381–389. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.1978.tb02644.x
- Issue published online: 2 MAY 2006
- Article first published online: 2 MAY 2006
- (Received 13 February 1978)
Salt contamination of soils has been studied in a range of habitat types of groundsel (Senecio vulgaris L.). Evidence suggests that roadsides salted in winter and areas around salt dumps have high mean values of exchangeable sodium; lower values have been found for coastal areas, and inland sites not known to be salted.
Salt tolerance tests-both in Petri-dish experiments and in soils irrigated with different salt solutions-suggest that topodemes from sites subject to salting are, in general, more salt tolerant than those from non-salted areas. This apparently simple relationship is critically examined. Genecological implications of salt tolerance patterns are fully discussed.