Desert Plants

Biology and Biotechnology

  • K.G. Ramawat

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. General Biology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jaya Arora, Shaily Goyal, Kishan Gopal Ramawat
      Pages 3-36
    3. Muppala P. Reddy, D. V. N. Sudheer Pamidimarri
      Pages 57-71
    4. S. Sundaramoorthy, Santosh Kumar Mehar, Manohar Singh Suthar
      Pages 91-120
    5. Martha E. Apple
      Pages 121-134
    6. Shumin Yang, Ikuo Furukawa, Zehui Jiang
      Pages 135-155
    7. Pablo Ortega-Baes, Silvia Sühring, Jesús Sajama, Ezequiel Sotola, Mariana Alonso-Pedano, Silvia Bravo et al.
      Pages 157-173
  3. Reproductive Biology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 176-176
    2. Rajesh Tandon, K. R. Shivanna, H. Y. Mohan Ram
      Pages 177-195
    3. María del Carmen Mandujano, Israel Carrillo-Angeles, Concepción Martínez-Peralta, Jordan Golubov
      Pages 197-230
    4. María F. Ramos-Ordoñez, Judith Márquez-Guzmán, Ma. del Coro Arizmendi
      Pages 231-239
  4. Ecophysiological Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 242-242
    2. Peixi Su
      Pages 243-259
    3. Vladimir V. Kuznetsov, Nina I. Shevyakova
      Pages 261-298
    4. Pawan K. Kasera, Sher Mohammed
      Pages 299-320
    5. Pablo E. Villagra, Alejandra Vilela, Carla Giordano, Juan A. Alvarez
      Pages 321-340
  5. Biotechnological Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 354-354
    2. Soumaya Rhouma, Salwa Zehdi-Azouzi, Sonia Dakhlaoui-Dkhil, Ali Ould Mohamed Salem, Ahmed Othmani, Emira Cherif et al.
      Pages 355-370
    3. Muppala P. Reddy, Jitendra Chikara
      Pages 407-421
    4. Neelam Jain, Shaily Goyal, Kishan Gopal Ramawat
      Pages 479-495
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 497-503

About this book


Deserts appear very fascinating during our short visits. However, the lives of plants and animals are very dif?cult under the harsh climatic conditions of high tempe- ture and scant water supply in deserts, sometimes associated with high concent- tions of salt. The editor of this book was born and brought up in the Great Indian Desert, and has spent much of his life studying the growth and metabolism of desert plants. It is very charming on a cool summer evening to sit at the top of a sand dune listening only to blowing air and nothing else. It has been my dream to prepare a volume on desert plants encompassing various aspects of desert plant biology. In this book, I have tried to present functional and useful aspects of the vegetation resources of deserts along with scienti?c input aimed at understanding and impr- ing the utility of these plants. The scant vegetation of deserts supports animal life and provides many useful medicines, timber and fuel wood for humans. Therefore, there are chapters devoted to medicinal plants (Chap. 1), halophytes (Chaps. 13, 14), and fruit plants (Chaps. 17, 20). Desert plants have a unique reproductive biology (Chaps. 9–11), well-adapted eco-physiological and anatomical charact- istics (Chap. 7), and specialised metabolism and survival abilities. These plants are dif?cult to propagate and pose many problems to researchers developing biote- nological approaches for their amelioration (Chaps. 18–20).


Arid Zone Bur Flora Kali agriculture biodiversity biotechnology desert desert plants ecology ecophysiology metabolism photosynthesis physiology reproductive biology

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  • K.G. Ramawat
    • 1
  1. 1.Botany Dept.M.L. Sukhadia UniversityUdaipurIndia

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