Halophytic Plants for Animal Feed: Associated Botanical and Nutritional Characteristics

Minerals and Ash in Halophytes

Author(s): Salah Abdelaty Attia-Ismail

Pp: 98-109 (12)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815050387122010012

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Since the halophytes complete their life cycle in a salty environment, they, consequently, have a high content of minerals in their components. The high content of ash is a typical characteristic of halophytes. However, the ash content of halophytes differs greatly according to several factors. This chapter discusses how halophytes vary in ash and ion content, the effects of halophyte species on mineral compositions, and geographic variations in the mineral contents of halophytes. 

Keywords: Animals, Ash, Chloride, Dietary, Halophytes, Metabolism, Minerals, Rumen, Salinity, Sodium, Utilization.

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