Preventing salinization experiments

Crete Case Study experiments

1) Application of biological agents to increase crop resistance to salinity

The experiment is testing the effectiveness of Trichoderma harzianum (a fungus) on tomato resistance to saline irrigation. This is a reference study (i.e. few samples but high stakeholder involvement) in order to provide reference for the experiment in a pilot study.  The pilot study will simulate the experiment in a fully monitored greenhouse in TUC, Chania.

Setting up the greenhouse experiment

 Preliminary results:


2) Sorgum rotation for green manuring in greenhouse

The Crete researshers are also testing the effectiveness of crop rotationand subsequent biomass incorporation vs fallow greenhouse in saline soil quality improvement.  This treatment can only be implemented during summer months when the greenhouses are normally fallow.


 Sorghum rotation for green manuring in greenhouses


Scientific Articles

I.N. Daliakopoulos, I.K. Tsanis, A. Koutroulis, N.N. Kourgialas, A.E. Varouchakis, G.P. Karatzas, C.J. Ritsema  (2016) The threat of soil salinity: A European scale review.  Science of the Total Environment

Ioannis N. Daliakopoulos, Polixeni Pappa, Manolis G. Grillakis, Emmanouil A. Varouchakis, and Ioannis K. Tsanis (2016) Modelling soil salinity in greenhouse cultivations under a changing climate with SALTMED: Model modification and application in Timpaki, Crete.  Soil Science 181(6), pp.241-251.

I. S. Panagea1, I. N. Daliakopoulos, I. K. Tsanis, and G. Schwilch (2015) Evaluation of soil salinity amelioration technologies in Timpaki, Crete: a participatory approach  Solid Earth, 7, 177-190, DOI:10.5194/sed-7-2775-2015


For more information about the RECARE experiments, please contact: Ionnais Daliakopoulos This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.