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UDaily: Worth its salt - Salt-tolerant crop shows promise as chicken bedding, helping farmers with flooded fields

UDaily: Worth its salt - Salt-tolerant crop shows promise as chicken bedding, helping farmers with flooded fields

Jack Gallagher grew up on a farm, but he never cared much for the squawking chickens pecking around. The Pennsylvania farm boy gravitated toward the coastline, where he built a career studying salt marsh vegetation as a marine scientist in the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment(CEOE). 

Yet the professor emeritus of marine biosciences has returned to his agricultural roots, having found a potential new use for salt marsh plants: chicken bedding.