The Effect of Salinity on Plant Growth in Brassica napus
Yasser Moursi, Heiko C. Becker, A. Schierholt
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Dept. of Crop Sciences: Plant Breeding Unit, Germany
Brassica napus is ranked at the second position among the sources of edible oil and bio-diesel, the seed gives 35% to over 45% oil of its weight. Soil salinity is one of the major abiotic stresses reducing the crop production. Worldwide, about 20% of the cultivated lands are suffering from increasing salinisation. One of the most suitable approaches to overcome this constraint is the selection for salt tolerant varieties. Our objectives are the investigation of salinity effect on plant growth at seedling stage in a double haploid (DH) population of winter oilseed rape (Brassica napus). This population will be used later to detect QTL for salt tolerance as a prerequisite for marker-assisted selection (MAS).
Keywords: Brassica napus, quantitative trait loci, relative water content, salt tolerance
Contact Address: Yasser Moursi, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Dept. of Crop Sciences: Plant Breeding Unit, Von-Siebold Strasse 8, 37075 Göttingen, Germany, e-mail: ymoursigwdg.de