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Survival Strategies of Annual Desert Plants

Gutterman, Yitzchak 
Springer  2002  



Hardcover  XX, 348 pp, 255 illus  ISBN 9783540431725      £197.00
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: postmaturation 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 daylength is an important factor in regulating flowering as well as the phenotypic plasticity of seed germination which is also affected by maternal factors.

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