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Mineral composition of lucerne Medicago sativa and white melilot Melilotus albus is affected by NaCl salinity of the irrigation water

Mineral composition of lucerne Medicago sativa and white melilot Melilotus albus is affected by NaCl salinity of the irrigation water

Animal Feed Science and Technology 170(1-2): 0-104

Most glycophytic forage legumes exhibit large reductions in biomass in response to saline growing conditions, although differences among species in salt tolerance exist. As several plant metabolic processes are affected by salinity, the nutritive value of these species to animals may be altered. Mineral concentration is an important component of plant nutritive value, and was evaluated in lucerne and white melilot under salt concentrations of , 55 and 11mM NaCl in a glasshouse. Lucerne consistently accumulated higher concentrations of Na and Cl than white melilot. Calculated NaCl concentrations per unit DM reached 125g/kg in lucerne and 39g/kg in white melilot.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.anifeedsci.2011.07.011

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