Saline soils and licorice in Aral Sea Region
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Saline soils and licorice in Aral Sea Region

The key of Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is exhibiting some salt tolerance and longer survival under salinity. The deep-rooted nature of licorice has the ability to drop the water table, thereby preventing salt from rising to the surface of the soil.

In effect, salt collected in the soil is gradually flushes out, enabling the land to be irrigated again for wheat and cotton.

Licorice is endemic to the Aral Sea Region, when you speak to farmers, they say, ‘I knew it (licorice) growing up.

Problem (of high salinity), it’s massive across Central Asia, the options farmers have are either to abandon their land or invest heavily in expensive drainage systems.

While licorice could be a low-cost land rehabilitation option in Central Asia, other salt-tolerant varieties of sorghum, millet and alfalfa might be appropriate in some of these ecological zones

The biggest advance in Licorice is the possibility to be used in many ways amd build up a local industry on food, medicine and beverages.

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