Basic research on the chemistry, physics, and biology of salt-affected soil-plant-water systems
The mission of the Salinity Lab is to develop, through research, new knowledge, and technology, the solution of problems of crop production on salt-affected lands, to promote the sustainability of irrigated agriculture, and to prevent degradation of surface- and ground-water resources by salts, toxic-elements, pesticides, and pathogens.
In addition to increasing the quantity of the food supply, irrigation agriculture contributes to the diversity of agricultural products. An extensive proportion of the fruits, nuts, and vegetables are produced on irrigated lands. Irrigation agriculture also contributes to forage, fiber, industrial (paper, rubber, resins, solvents, etc.), medicinal, and ornamental products.