Journal of Arid Land

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Soil organic matter amendments in date palm groves of the Middle Eastern and North African region: a mini-review


Countries in the Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) region are among the most water-scarce regions in the world, and their dryland soils are usually poor in organic carbon content (<0.5%). In this study, we summarize examples of how people in the few oases of the MENA region overcome environmental challenges by sustainably managing economically important date production. On the basis of the limited studies found in the existing literature, this mini-review focuses on the role of traditional soil organic matter amendments beneath the soil surface as a key tool in land restoration. We conclude that soil organic matter amendments can be very successful in restoring soil water and preventing the soil from salinization.


review; Middle Eastern and North African (MENA); drylands; organic matter amendments; oasis agrosystem; date palm production

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