Raheb arrive six weeks ago with four beakers in his suitcase holding tiny little halophytes produced as tissue culture. The plants were soon after transferred to sand cultures and he has set up an elaborate and automatic system to prevent salt accumulation in the sand. It is clear from the photo below that plants as well as Raheb thrive very well in the new conditions. Eventually, Raheb will test the tolerance to abiotic stress (salt and flooding) in order to select the best candidate plants for the remediation project back in Iran.
Raheb Mahforouzi approximately three weeks after transplantation from tissue culture to sand culture in the glasshouse facility here in Copenhagen.