Structure-Function Relations of Warm Desert Plants

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For centuries biologists have been extremely interested in the structure of desert plants as examples of natural selection to harsh environmental conditions. Indeed, desert plants are frequently used as examples in many biology classes and textbooks to illustrate natural selection, but this has led to an unfortunate litany of errors and misconceptions about desert plant adaptations.
This new synthesis focuses on plants of lowland tropical and subtropical arid deserts. Readers ...

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Overview

For centuries biologists have been extremely interested in the structure of desert plants as examples of natural selection to harsh environmental conditions. Indeed, desert plants are frequently used as examples in many biology classes and textbooks to illustrate natural selection, but this has led to an unfortunate litany of errors and misconceptions about desert plant adaptations.
This new synthesis focuses on plants of lowland tropical and subtropical arid deserts. Readers will be surprised to discover that many features commonly ascribed to desert plants are rareley observed in the most common species. Instead, the typical structural adaptations of nonsucculent warm desert plants are now viewed as ways to maximize photosynthetic rate.

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"This book can be recommended to all researchers working on desert plants." Trends in Plant Sciences
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Table of Contents

1 Plant Life Forms of Warm Desert Climates 1
2 Functional Morphology of Nonsucculent Leaves 23
3 Physiological Anatomy of Nonsucculent Leaves 45
4 Photosynthetic Stems of Nonsucculent Plants 91
5 Succulent Photosythetic Organs 117
6 Special Topics in Water Relations 143
7 Origins of Desert Structural Adaptations 169
References 177
Taxonomic Index 203
Subject Index 209
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