Vol. 2, Issue 1 (2017)
Potential of some halophytic plants as animal forage in Ha’il / Saudi Arabia
Author(s): Ahmed Ali Alghamdi
Abstract: Halophytic plants are existed in several regions of Saudi Arabia due to the presence of coastal saltmarshes along the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf shores, and inland saltmarshes (Sabkhas). The future prosperity of feed resources in Saudi Arabia relies on the economic feasibility of using marginal and long-neglected resources such as halophytic plants. However, little is known about the nutritional value of halophytes of Saudi Arabia. Therefore, the main objective of the current study was to determine the nutritional potentiality of some-common halophytic species of (Qa’a El-Milh’s, Ha’il, Saudi Arabia) sabkhah: Aeluropus lagopoides, Atriplex leucoclada, Mesembryanthemum nodifloum, Tamarix nilotica, Salicornia strobilacea, Salsola imbricata, Salsola vermiculata, Seidlitzia Rosmarinus, Suaeda vermiculata and Zygophyllum coccineum. Findings of the current study revealed that some species have high to reasonable contents of protein, fat, fiber, carbohydrates and minerals which make them potential resources as forages.