Salt tolerance in roses - a review Book uri icon


  • 2019 International Society for Horticultural Science. All Rights Reserved. Soil salinity is one of the major abiotic stresses negatively affecting plant growth and development. Global constraints on fresh water supplies and urban population growth have intensified the interest of using alternative water sources such as treated municipal wastewater for irrigating landscapes. In addition, nursery and greenhouse industry are pressured to recycle and reuse nutrient solution and runoff. All these alternative waters contain relatively high levels of salts, which could cause salt damage on sensitive plant species. Although quantitative information on crop salt tolerance exists for many agronomic crops, limited information is available for horticultural crops. Roses (Rosa spp.) are the most economically important and popular ornamental crops used for gardens and public and private landscapes and for cut flowers in the world. Rose has been traditionally categorized as a salt-sensitive species. However, recent research on salt tolerance of various cultivars of garden roses and greenhouse cut roses has shown that variations in salt tolerance exist among rose cultivars and there are moderately salt-tolerant rose cultivars and rootstocks. In this paper, studies on salt tolerance of garden roses and greenhouse cut roses were reviewed with emphasis on whole plant responses to salt stress and mineral nutrition. Molecular responses to salt stress are beyond this review.

author list (cited authors)

  • Niu, G., & Sun, Y.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Niu, G||Sun, Y

publication date

  • February 2019