Dealing with salinization

Current estimations indicate that 9% of global total soil resources is salinised, and salt-affected land area is increasing at a rate of 3ha/min 1,2. Moreover, mostcrops are extremely sensitive to soil salinisation and have decreased yield on saline and sodic soils 1. Therefore, salinisation is an urgent problem.

Salinisation is an urgent global problem that negatively impacts food security, and the Netherlands is also affected by increasing salinisation of arable land. So far, most research on salinisation has been fragmented whereas the salinisation problem requires joint effort from multiple disciplines and stakeholders from different sectors. This project aims to use a multi-disciplinary approach to determine promising agricultural strategies that are socio-economical and environmentally friendly for both inland-and coastal zone-management of salinisation. Connection to the WUR community on salinisation and other stakeholders outside of WUR bridges the gap between science and practice. Thereby, identifying transition pathways necessary for upscaling crop-soil adaptation strategies to salinisation, as well as marine-based solutions for dealing with salinisation. Overall, the project delivers multiple interdisciplinary solutions that are relevant for coping with salinisation problems on both inland and coastal zones.