Responses to salt stress of diploid wheat Triticum monococcum L., tetraploid wheats T. dicoccum (Schrank) Schubl. and T. durum Desf. cv. Grandur, and hexaploid wheats T. aestivum L. cvs. Begra and Gama were studied. Seeds were germinated on filter paper in Petri dishes, moistened in Hoagland medium containing 0 (control), 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 mM NaCl. Index of tolerance to salt treatments was calculated on the basis of shoot length. Increase in salt concentration led to decrease in seed germination and inhibition of shoot and root elongation. Hexaploid and diploid wheats were more tolerant to salt stress than tetraploid wheats.