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Plants in the Deserts of the Middle East : Adaptations of Desert Organisms - Kamal H. Batanouny

Plants in the Deserts of the Middle East

Adaptations of Desert Organisms

Hardcover Published: January 2001
ISBN: 9783540525721
Number Of Pages: 194

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Water is a paramount factor in determining the distribution of species on a global basis. The responses and adaptations of a species to water stress are critical for its success in any environmental niche. The deserts of the Middle East provide an excellent example of the harsh conditions to which plants are subjected. This volume elucidates the adaptations of these plants in order to sustain their life and reproduce to continue their survival. Topics covered include climate aridity and topographic influence on plant life in the deserts, the role of plants in the lives of the Bedouins, the concept of adaptation, its purposes and causes, adaptations that promote increased water uptake and reduction of water output, as well as those which help the plants to tolerate and/or resist the drought, escaping drought and adaptation to desiccation, and the mechanisms by which halophytes can tolerate and/or resist salinity.

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"It is a very personal book, as the author himself has travelled many times in the area. Some emotions and personal impressions flow into the scientific descriptions. It is this particular personal style which makes the book attractive and pleasant to read. ... I would recommend the book to poeple who are interested in exploring and understanding the ecology and ecophysiology of the plant world of the deserts of the Middle East." (Plant Science)

Introductionp. 1
Deserts of the Middle Eastp. 5
Climatic Aridity in the Deserts of the Middle Eastp. 11
Topography and Plant Lifep. 25
Plants in the Arabic Heritagep. 31
Adaptations of Desert Plantsp. 39
Adaptations That Increase Water Absorptionp. 45
Adaptations That Reduce Water Lossp. 65
Adaptational Traits That Resist and/or Tolerate Droughtp. 103
Adaptations That Engender Escape from Droughtp. 127
Adaptation to Desiccationp. 135
Adaptations of Plants to Saline Conditions in Arid Regionsp. 146
Referencesp. 167
Index of Latin Plant Namesp. 183
Index of Arabic Plant Namesp. 187
Subject Indexp. 189
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ISBN: 9783540525721
ISBN-10: 3540525726
Series: Adaptations of Desert Organisms
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 194
Published: January 2001
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg Gmbh & Co. Kg
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.47

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