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CABI Book Chapter

Desiccation and survival in plants: drying without dying.

Book cover for Desiccation and survival in plants: drying without dying.


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 7 (Page no: 207)

Vegetative tissues: bryophytes, vascular resurrection plants and vegetative propagules.

This chapter discusses desiccation tolerance in bryophytes and vascular plants. For bryophytes,the topics covered include: desiccation time and recovery time; the effect of intensity of desiccation; effects of temperature; events on rehydration; drying rate and drought hardening; constitutive and induced tolerance; processes and cireteria of recovery. For vascular plants, the topics covered include: ecological and morphological adaptations; the effect of the intensity of desiccation; morphological and cytological changes that occur with drying; rehydration and recovery; vegetative propagules.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 3) Drying without dying. Author(s): Alpert, P. Oliver, M. J.
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: 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
  • School of Biological Sciences, University of Exeter, Washington Singer Laboratories, Perry Road, Exeter EX4 4QG, UK.
  • ISBN
  • 0851995349
  • Record Number
  • 20083015125