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Combating Desertification with Plants by Yitzhak Abt (auth.), Dov Pasternak, Arnold Schlissel (eds.)

By Yitzhak Abt (auth.), Dov Pasternak, Arnold Schlissel (eds.)

The convention "Combating Desertification with vegetation" was once held in Beer Sheva, Israel, from November 2-5, 1999, and used to be attended by means of 70 members from 30 nations and/or overseas enterprises. Desertification - the degradation of soils in drylands - is a phenomenon happening in ratings of nations all over the world. The variety of humans (in semiarid areas) laid low with the regular decline within the productiveness in their lands is within the hundred hundreds of thousands. The measures required to halt and opposite the method of desertification fall into many different types - coverage, institutional, sociological-anthropological, and technical. even if technical "solutions" will not be at the moment trendy, the convention organizers felt that maybe the pendulum had swung too a long way towards "participatory approaches." for that reason IPALAC - The overseas application for Arid Land vegetation - whose functionality is to function a catalyst for optimizing the contribution of plant germplasm to sustainable improvement in desertification-prone areas - felt the time used to be opportune for offering a platform for tasks the place the "plant-driven" method of improvement reveals expression. a few forty five papers have been brought on the convention, falling into the types of this quantity: review, capability Germplasm for Arid Lands, creation, Domestication and Dissemination of Arid Land vegetation, Land Rehabilitation, and Mechanisms of Plant move. The convention used to be funded via UNESCO (Division of Ecological Sciences), the Ministry of international Affairs of Finland, and MASHAV, Israel's heart for overseas improvement Cooperation.

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1995). All are found in rather sandy soils (Table 1). Table 1. Range of variation of some characteristics of the top-soil ofTerfezia productive fields. 5 In several countries there are legends connecting truffle appearance to thunder storms early in the season. The Beduins in the Israeli Negev tell the same story as truffle hunters in Morocco (Kagan-Zur, personal observations). The only proven fact is that desert truffles yields in the wild are Varda Kagan-Zur 50 highly dependent on rainfall and rain distribution during the rainy season, though as little as 200-250 mm per season may bring about a good yield.

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