Concentrate for Agriculture Project

Sustainable Use of Concentrate for Agriculture

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Funding for the concentrate for agriculture project is provided through Bureau of Reclamation Cooperative Agreement with Abbas Ghassemi as PI. For further information, please contact: shuklamk@nmsu.edu

Sustainable management of the highly saline concentrate resulting from reverse osmosis and other processes is a major environmental problem that limits widespread implementation of inland groundwater desalination in New Mexico and the southwestern U.S. Water supplies in arid regions are valuable, even when high in salt. Through proper understanding of transport behavior of concentrate, proper plant selection and proper management, the concentrate can be used to irrigate halophytes year-round. The Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility (BGNDRF) in Alamogordo, NM has been established to elucidate the impacts of desalination on the environment.

Our objectives in this Tier 1 proposal are to evaluate the transport behavior of concentrates; to test survival, growth and ion uptake of some salt-loving plants in the greenhouse; facilitate future efforts in concentrate management by using the data generated from Tier 1 proposal and by developing a plan for the sustainable field application of concentrate throughout the year. This project will help advance the science for the sustainable management of concentrate using agriculture.

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Manoj Shukla
Phone: 575-646-2324
Email: shuklamk@nmsu.edu