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A simple solution to the salt problem

Harris, A. (1975) A simple solution to the salt problem. The West Australian, 16 June 1975. [Special Collections]


Article explains a team of CSIRO scientists at Floreat Park believe perennial plants may hold the key to stabilising salinity in Western Australian farmlands.
The salt problem could solve itself when the salt deposits are leached away in a few centuries, it is not feasible to wait that long.
Scientists with the CSIRO's Land Resources Management Division have begun a biological programme they hope will show farmers that by turning a small part of their land over to perennial pastures, shrubs or trees they will be able to reduce the salinity problem on their farms and in the streams.
CSIRO biologists are working with hydrologists on deep bores to snap freeze the cores in liquid nitrogen so they can be brought to Perth for analysis.
Spokesman for the CSIRO team, Dr. Eric Greenwood said that they were looking for a revegetation strategy to keep salinity at an acceptable level.

This article contains one image of Mr. John Beresford and Dr. John Marshall showing snap freezing core samples.

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This article is part of the WISALTS (Whittington Interceptor Sustainable Agriculture Land Treatment Society Incorporated) Collection.

Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: WISALTS Collection
Copyright: ©1975 The West Australian
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58193
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