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Desiccation and survival in plants: drying without dying.

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This multi-author book gives a comprehensive account of desiccation and plant survival, and of how plant cells deal with extreme water stress. There is a general introduction on desiccation, and then four sections dealing with: The technical background to desiccation studies; the frequency and levels of dehydration stress tolerance in biological systems; mechanisms of damage and tolerance; and a b...


Chapter 1 (Page no: 3)

Drying without dying.

This introductory chapter summarizes some of the current answers to questions (how do plants survive desiccation? and how does surviving desiccation affect plant survival?) and lead into the more detailed reviews of questions and answers about desiccation and plant survival in the chapters that follow. It begins with some terms and techniques that provide concepts and methods for research on desiccation tolerance in plants, and a brief summary of the surprisingly lively history of research on desiccation tolerance. An overview is provided of the range and ecology of desiccation tolerance in plants, subjects that bear on how surviving desiccation affects plant survival. Lastly, the mechanisms of desiccation tolerance in plants are discussed, with keys to understanding how plants survive desiccation, and consider the potential for breeding crops that can dry without dying.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 2 (Page no: 47) Methods for the study of water relations under desiccation stress. Author(s): Sun, W. Q.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 93) Experimental aspects of drying and recovery. Author(s): Pammenter, N. W. Berjak, P. Wesley-Smith, J. Willigen, C. V.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 111) Biochemical and biophysical methods for quantifying desiccation phenomena in seeds and vegetative tissues. Author(s): Leprince, O. Golovina, E. A.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 149) Desiccation sensitivity in orthodox and recalcitrant seeds in relation to development. Author(s): Kermode, A. R. Finch-Savage, B. E.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 185) Pollen and spores: desiccation tolerance in pollen and the spores of lower plants and fungi. Author(s): Hoekstra, F. A.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 207) Vegetative tissues: bryophytes, vascular resurrection plants and vegetative propagules. Author(s): Proctor, M. C. F. Pence, V. C.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 239) Systematic and evolutionary aspects of desiccation tolerance in seeds. Author(s): Dickie, J. B. Pritchard, H. W.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 263) Desiccation stress and damage. Author(s): Walters, C. Farrant, J. M. Pammenter, N. W. Berjak, P.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 293) Biochemistry and biophysics of tolerance systems. Author(s): Buitink, J. Hoekstra, F. A. Leprince, O.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 319) Molecular genetics of desiccation and tolerant systems. Author(s): Phillips, J. R. Oliver, M. J. Bartels, D.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 343) Rehydration of dried systems: membranes and the nuclear genome. Author(s): Osborne, D. J. Boubriak, I. Leprince, O.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 367) Damage and tolerance in retrospect and prospect. Author(s): Black, M. Obendorf, R. L. Pritchard, H. W.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Biology Department, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003-5810, USA.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2002
  • ISBN
  • 0851995349
  • Record Number
  • 20083015119