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Dorothea Bartels

Universit├Ąt, Bonn | Germany

EMBO 2000

Analysis of desiccation tolerance in plants

Limited water availability in some areas has resulted in evolution of mechanisms to live with restricted water supply. A small group of plants, termed resurrection plants, have evolved unique mechanisms of desiccation tolerance. Studies are focused on the desiccation tolerant plant.Craterostigma plantagineum. We try to understand how molecules form a protective barrier against the dehydrating environment and keep cellular components functional.

Keywords: Stress proteins / desiccation tolerance / plant hormonal gene activation / phospholipid signalling / plant genome structure

Subject area(s): Plant Biology | Signal Transduction | Evolution & Ecology