Future of Sustainable Agriculture in Saline Environments

15 December 2020 - Published by Laila Dam
Coming soon: New book with more than 30 articles written by speakers at the International Saline Futures Conference in Leeuwarden last year and other experts in saline agriculture

"Speakers and participants of the International Saline Futures conference held in Leeuwarden last year have responded positively to our call to submit scientific articles and case studies on saline agriculture", Pier Vellinga from the Wadden Academy explains.

Soon after the conference, an editorial team was composed of the speakers representing various fields and regions including Edward G. Barrett-Lennard, from Murdoch University Australia, Redouan Choukr-Allah from the Institute of Agronomy & Veterinary Hassan II of Morocco, Theo Elzenga of the University of Groningen, the Netherlands and Kate Negacz and myself as conference organizers, representing the Wadden Academy / IVM-VU. The call for articles for the book was published in December 2019.

"We have received more than 60 submissions. Each of them has been peer-reviewed by two experts in the field. In total, 33 articles have been accepted. Over the last six months, the editorial team has been in close contact with all the authors to ensure the quality in terms of content and formatting. We are positively surprised by the high number of submissions and the broad range of issues that are covered in the articles", says Pier.

The book will be a professional publication, issued by the CRC Press, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group from London. The publisher expects to present both an eBook and a printed version by June 2021.

The book has three sections. The first is about the international state of the art and strategies. The second is about saline agriculture in deltaic areas and the third section is about the physiological aspects of salt tolerance.

Financial support of the Wadden Academy will enable an open access publication of the book and all articles. The book will be about 450 pages all together. The final text has been submitted to the publisher by the end of November 2020, who will process the material and prepare the marketing and promotion of the book to reach the wider audience.

"We hope to be able to present the book to all SalFar project partners at one of our next year SalFar project meetings", Pier concludes.