Survival Strategies of Annual Desert Plants / Edition 1

Survival Strategies of Annual Desert Plants / Edition 1

by Yitzchak Gutterman
     
 

ISBN-10: 3540431721

ISBN-13: 9783540431725

Pub. Date: 10/03/2002

Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg

Annual desert plant species of unrelated taxa in the Negev Desert of Israel have developed complementary sets of adaptations and survival strategies as ecological equivalents with physiological, morphological and anatomical resemblances, in the various stages of their life cycles. After 40 years of research in hot deserts Yitzchak Gutterman provides a comprehensive

Overview

Annual desert plant species of unrelated taxa in the Negev Desert of Israel have developed complementary sets of adaptations and survival strategies as ecological equivalents with physiological, morphological and anatomical resemblances, in the various stages of their life cycles. After 40 years of research in hot deserts Yitzchak Gutterman provides a comprehensive treatise of such adaptations and strategies. In doing so he covers the following topics: post-maturation primary seed dormancy, which prevents germination of maturing seeds before the summer; seed dispersal mechanisms with escape or protection strategies; cautious or opportunistic germination strategies; seedling drought tolerance. The day-length is an important factor in regulating flowering as well as the phenotypic plasticity of seed germination which is also affected by maternal factors.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783540431725
Publisher:
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date:
10/03/2002
Series:
Adaptations of Desert Organisms Series
Edition description:
2002
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
9.21(w) x 6.14(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

The Desert Biome, Survival Adaptations and Strategies of Annual Desert Plant Species.- Flowering Strategies.- Strategies of Phenotypic Plasticity of Germination During Seed Development and Maturation.- Strategies of Phenotypic Plasticity of Germination Dormancy After Seed Maturation.- Seed Dispersal Adaptations and Strategies.- Germination Adaptations, Strategies and Influences on Germination During Seed Wetting.- Embryo and Seedling Survival and Plant Development.- Summary of the Complementary Sets of Survival Strategies of Some Common Species of the Negev Desert That Have Been Studied in Detail.


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