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Saving the UAE’s Halfa Grass

Halfa grass (Desmostachya bipinnata) has previously been recorded from Kalba and Ra’s al-Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).‎ Recent studies at both of these locations have shown that the species is no longer present.‎ The disappearance of D.‎ bipinnata in the UAE is believed to be the result of encroachment on its natural habitat.‎ The species has both fodder and medicinal values and is also important in stabilising soils.‎ During one visit to the Ra’s al-Khaimah site, prior to its disappearance, one plant of the grass was collected and planted at the research facilities of International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), Dubai for propagation.‎ The grass has established well at the ICBA and can be used for reintroduction to the wild.‎ This planting of the species at the Centre may have helped to save the species from extinction in the UAE.‎

Authors: 
Shahid, M, Rao, N.‎ K
Year: 
۲۰۱۷
Publication type: 
Scientific Paper
Publication Source: 
Tribulus
Volume/Chapter/Issue: 
۲۵
Page Number: 
٦۹-۷۰