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The Halophyte Biotechnology Center

Halophyte Biotechnology Center

"Sustainable Saline Agriculture and Wetlands Restoration"

Chinese Version


The Mission of this Center is

1. To improve salt-tolerant crops for use in salt-afflicted agroecosystems using biotechnology.

2. To develop varieties of plants for saline wetlands restoration that will drive high productivity ecosystems without continual human input.

3. To disseminate knowledge about using salt-tolerant plant varieties to develop sustainable agriculture in areas of the world where soils are salinized or only saline water is available for irrigation and to solve wetland restoration problems.

4. To exchange information on the performance of varieties of salt-tolerant plants under various types of agroecosystems (ie. rainfed, irrigated, tidal) and wetland restoration sites.



·         Dr. John L. Gallagher, Professor, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, University of Delaware, 700 Pilottown Road, Lewes, DE 19958; Fax: (302) 645-4028

·         Dr. Denise M. Seliskar, Research Scientist, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, University of Delaware, 700 Pilottown Road, Lewes, DE 19958; Fax: (302) 645-4028.


Center Members and Regional Hub Directors

·         Dr. Rafiq Ahmad, Professor, Botany Department, University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan

·         Dr. Somsri Arunin, Head, Soil Salinity Research Section, Land Development Department, Bangkok, Thailand

·         Dr. Nabih Ashour, Head, Field Crops Research Department, National Research Centre, Cairo, Egypt

·         Prof. Qin Pei, Director, Institute of Biotechnology, Nanjing University, Nanjing, Peoples Republic of China



The Center seeks funding from all private and public sources whose goal is to enhance the welfare of humans within the balance of global ecology.


Current And Recent Projects (Click to see project)

  • Seashore Mallow Biodiesel
  • Growing Seaside Biodiesel Proposal (NEW)
  • Halophyte Agriculture (Chinese Version)
  • Sulfide sensitivity of wetland plants for salt marsh restoration
  • Sustained restoration of Phragmites-infested wetlands
  • Optimizing reed (Phragmites) function in sludge drying beds  (Stripes)
  • Reed Drying Beds: Preventing Escape
  • Surface film development on tidal creeks of restored marshes
  • Plant genotypes for salt marsh restoration
  • Tissue culture generated variation in salt marsh plants for use  in created wetlands
  • Effects of grazing by horses on American beachgrass
  • Ongoing Spartina patens research in China by Prof. Qin Pei (Nanjing University)

Halophyte Biotechnology Center Publication List


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