looking for information on salt damage to plants

Monique Reed monique at mail.bio.tamu.edu
Mon Jan 22 15:30:18 EST 2001

In addition to damage caused by salt directly *on* the foliage, salt
damage may mimick water stress.   If the soil or the ground water is
very salty (from road salt or municipal water), plants will have a
harder time extracting water from the soil.  Symptoms include browning
or burning on the edges and tips of leaves, especially in long leaves
such as most monocots have.  

M. Reed

"Gaudette, Mary" wrote:
> > Hi Folks,
> >
>         I teach an introductory environmental science class at Middlebury
> College.  This spring, we will be doing a study of the effects of deicers
> (including rock salt, and the newer product, "Ice Ban" that the campus is
> using) on plants.  I am searching for information and photos/diagrams that
> relate to the physiological effects of salt on plants, visible signs of salt
> damage to plants, etc.  Do any of you folks have information, photos, or
> ideas of where to look?  Thanks.
> > Mary Gaudette
> > Environmental Studies Program
> > Bicentennial Hall 413
> > Middlebury College
> > Middlebury, VT 05753
> > (802) 443-2555
>         mgaudett at middlebury.edu
> ---

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