or salt tolerant
plants are plants that can withstand more than average amounts of salt. They are particularly important in drought afflicted and coastal areas. Some plants, e.g. Salicornia
, are naturally salt resistant while others can be genetically modified
to be resistant, including the tomato
, blood lime
, and other important crops
. This is significant because irrigation of crops of currently dry areas with seawater
may be made possible, thus expanding the food supply.