Universität, Bonn | Germany
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