Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Earth Science News .

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

Researchers say desalinated water harms crops: report

by Staff Writers
Jerusalem (AFP) Nov 9, 2007
Desalinated water can adversely affect crops because of its low mineral content, Israeli researchers were quoted as finding by the Haaretz newspaper on Friday.

Crops such as tomatoes, basil and certain species of flower are particularly susceptible, their study found.

The report says the water's low mineral content, once considered an advantage, is actually bad for crops. Calcium shortage, for example, causes physiological defects, while magnesium shortage damages plant development.

The researchers, including Jorge Tarchitzky, a senior official at Israel's agriculture ministry, are calling for desalinated water to be made suitable for farming by adding some of the nutritional elements vital to crops.

Half the 100 million cubic metres produced at the desalinated water plant in Ashkelon, south of Tel Aviv, is funnelled to agriculture.

Israel is a world pioneer in using desalinated water in farming.

Email This Article
Comment On This Article

Related Links
Farming Today - Suppliers and Technology

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Global pest uses promiscuity to wipe out competition: study
Chicago (AFP) Nov 8, 2007
One of the world's most invasive agricultural pests that has devastated crops in China and Australia in recent years owes its "success" to its mating habits, a study released Thursday said.

  • GETAC To Showcase Fully Rugged PCs At Firerescue 2007 Conference And Exposition
  • SkyPort Signs Contract With Cisco For Emergency Response Satellite Connectivity
  • Court upholds jail term for Japanese architect
  • China work, road accidents kill nearly 80,000 since January

  • Rich nations must pay more for climate change aid
  • Engineered Weathering Process Could Mitigate Global Warming
  • Global-warming gases set to rise by 57 percent by 2030: IEA
  • Drought in southeast US fuels battle over water resources

  • Fujifilm Unveils GPS-Based Data Tape Tracker
  • SPOT - The World's First Satellite Messenger Now Shipping
  • Vacation Photos Create 3D Models Of World Landmarks
  • NASA Data May Help Improve Estimates Of A Hurricane's Punch

  • 12 dead in clashes around Yemen oilfield
  • California to sue US government over greenhouse gases
  • China sets up fund aimed at reducing greenhouse gases
  • Analysis: Niger Delta hopeful for now

  • Failed AIDS vaccine may have increased infection risk
  • NASA Technology Helps Predict And Prevent Future Pandemic Outbreaks
  • Deadly HIV-TB co-epidemic sweeps sub-Saharan Africa: report
  • Northwestern Exposing Most Deadly Infectious Diseases In 3D

  • Massive Project Reveals Shortcomings Of Modern Genome Analysis
  • Exceptions Prove Rule Of Tropical Importance In Biodiversity
  • For Migrating Sparrows, Kids Have A Compass, But Adults Have The Map
  • Earliest Birds Acted More Like Turkeys Than Common Cuckoos

  • Higher Levels Of Pollutants Found In Fish Caught Near A Coal-Fired Power Plant
  • Pollution From Marine Vessels Linked To Heart And Lung Disease
  • Toxic smog threatens Indian capital after six-year break
  • Cairo tries to escape life under a black cloud

  • Key To False Memories Uncovered
  • One-child Chinese families prefer it that way
  • Computers Learn Art Appreciation
  • Research Project May Revolutionize Apparel Industry

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2007 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement