Stress Tolerance in Some European Resurrection Plants ( Haberlea rhodopensis and Ramonda spp.)

Authored by: Iliya Denev , Detelin Stefanov , Maria Gevezova , Ina Kirilova , Katya Georgieva , Maya Kurteva , Galina Panayotova

Handbook of Plant and Crop Physiology

Print publication date:  March  2014
Online publication date:  March  2014

Print ISBN: 9781466553286
eBook ISBN: 9781466553293
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b16675-34

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Abstract

Water is an indispensable factor ensuring life on Earth. Water facilitates many vital biological reactions by being a solvent, a transport medium, and evaporative coolant (Bohnert et al. 1995). Organisms dispose with great ability to spread in various water environments, but the level of tolerance to changes in water content affects their spreading. The modern scientific study of drought tolerance began in 1702 when Antonie van Leeuwenhoek discovered that rotifers could survive without water for months (cited in Bernacchia and Furini 2004). Now, it is known that a few groups of animals and a wide variety of plants can tolerate desiccation in the adult stages of their life cycle.

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