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Year 11 Biology- Depth Study Organisation of Living Things: Salinity

Year 11 Biology

Finding Resources in Accessit


Here are some books that you may find useful during your studies.  Search the Bennies catalogue Accessit for more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS.


State Library NSW

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GALE Virtual Reference Library



Hornsby Library


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Gale Virtual Reference Library

Salem Science

Science Reference Centre


How do halophytes survive in harsh and saline environments?

Increasing soil salinity in Australia is a serious land degradation issue. All over the country, salt is rising out of the ground and destroying our farms, homes and towns. To understand why we have this problem, we need to go way back in Australia's history.


NSW Government


WA Government

Plants vary greatly in their tolerance to saline water. The extent of yield loss when plants are irrigated with saline water depends on a number of factors including soil type, drainage and the frequency, method and time of irrigation. The information on this page will help growers make good irrigation decisions.

Montana University

Saline irrigation water contains dissolved substances known as salts. In much of the arid and semi-arid United States (including Montana), most of the salts present in irrigation water are chlorides, sulfates, carbonates, and bicarbonates of calcium magnesium, sodium, and potassium. While salinity can improve soil structure, it can also negatively affect plant growth and crop yields.

Pareek et al (public domain)

Climate change exerts adverse effects on crop production. Plant researchers have therefore focused on the identification of solutions that minimize the negative impacts of climate change on crops.

Lauchli et al (public domain)

Plant growth and development are adversely affected by salinity – a major environmental stress that limits agricultural production. This chapter provides an overview of the physiological mechanisms by which growth and development of crop plants are affected by salinity.

Australia State of Environment

Secondary dryland salinity has been one of Australia’s most costly forms of land degradation. Most annual crops, such as wheat, are susceptible to salinity, which reduces grain yields if it exceeds a threshold level.