Salinity stress in olives and drip irrigartion by Ian M. Beiersdorf M.A., M.Sc

Israeli agricultural research is world class in its scope and its findings. Across the world, Israeli breakthroughs in plant physiology, genetics, and technology are providing flexibility to growers in a rapidly changing climate. However, these strides would not be possible if it wasn’t for the most basic, and ingenious, technological breakthrough since the advent of irrigated agriculture fields.

Israeli drip irrigation systems have enabled water-use efficiency unlike any other irrigation system available. With drip irrigation, individual plants water-use requirements can be managed. On a whole-field basis, the drip irrigation system supplies water directly to the plant roots, while limiting the possibly wasteful effects of evaporation. Every drop of water can be managed and conserved with drip irrigation systems.Olives

As an agricultural researcher, I am highly indebted to the development of drip irrigation My research focuses on the different types of salinity stress an olive tree may experience; salinity from variable salinity in irrigation water, and salinity derived from variable amounts of irrigation water. My olive trees must receive a daily, controlled amount of irrigation water; otherwise my experiment will have too many variables to investigate my hypothesis. The controlled pulses of irrigation water from the emitters allow me to isolate the various environmental variables from the variables I wish to control.

When my research is finished, I hope that my findings can be implemented on a whole-field scale. Salinity research will further optimize drip irrigation. The future of drip irrigation looks incredibly promising, as we all will inevitably have to make more from less. Drip irrigation is pivotal in our pursuit of economically efficient and environmentally friendly technologies.

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