By Ulrich Lüttge, Erwin Beck, Dorothea Bartels

ISBN-10: 3642191053

ISBN-13: 9783642191053

Desiccation tolerance used to be crucial while crops first started to triumph over land, approximately four hundred million years in the past. whereas such a lot desiccation-tolerant crops belong to basal phylogenetic taxa, this ability has additionally advanced between a few vascular plant species.

In this quantity popular specialists deal with plant desiccation tolerance on the organismic in addition to on the mobile point. the variety of ecophysiological variations and acclimations of cyanobacteria, eukaryotic algae, mosses, and lichens is addressed in numerous chapters. the actual difficulties of vascular vegetation in the course of dehydration/rehydration cycles ensuing not just from their hydraulic architectures, but in addition from critical secondary stresses linked to the desiccated kingdom are mentioned. according to the remedy of desiccation tolerance on the organismic point, a moment component of the ebook is dedicated to the mobilephone organic point. It delineates the final techniques of practical genomics, epigenetics, genetics, molecular biology and the sensing and signalling networks of structures biology all in favour of dehydration/rehydration cycles.

This ebook presents a useful compilation of present wisdom, that is a prerequisite for a greater figuring out of plant desiccation tolerance in typical in addition to agro- and woodland ecosystems the place water is without doubt one of the so much crucial resources.

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Short-term drying and rehydration cycles are shown in Fig. 2 where after the complete loss of overt photosynthetic activity given by measurements of qp, Fv/Fm and DF/F0m recovery of all parameters occurred within less than 2 h. During desiccation, the ground fluorescence, Fo, is reduced to a fraction of that observed in hydrated samples (Figs. 4). In a dry cyanobacterial desert soil crust with primarily Microcoleus sp. kept in the dry state for at least 1 month, upon rewatering, Fo increased rapidly and reached a maximal value of six times that of the dry crust within about 3 min followed by a gradual decline to a constant value after about 50 min (Fig.

The kinetics of rehydration depend on the duration of the dormant state of desiccation (Lange 2001; Figs. 5), and frequent drying and wetting cycles maintain stability (Scherer and Zhong 1991). , Harel et al. 2004). However, when recovery is slower protein synthesis, presumably for the repair of D1 protein, is required as has been found in Nostoc flagelliforme (Qiu et al. 2004). With the cyanobacterium Synechocystis, it was shown that chlorophyll does not turn over at the same rate as the D1 protein (Vavilin et al.

4 Conclusion The development of desiccation tolerance in cyanobacteria during the evolution of life opened new niches for them to colonize and to spread into almost all terrestrial habitats available until today. Nevertheless, reactivation of net photosynthesis after drought periods of either free living or symbiotic cyanobacteria heavily depends on the presence of water in its liquid form (Lange et al. 1986). Only after exposure to high relative air humidity (99%) for ecologically nonrealistic times (more than 24 h) could activate the net photosynthesis at low levels of the desert inhabiting cyanobacterium Trichocoleus sociatus (Lange et al.

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