Survival Strategies of Annual Desert Plants

  • Yitzchak Gutterman

Part of the Adaptations of Desert Organisms book series (DESERT ORGAN.)

About this book


Annual desert plant species of unrelated taxa in the Negev Desert of Israel have developed complementary sets of adaptations and survival strategies as ecological equivalents with physiological, morphological and anatomical resemblances, in the various stages of their life cycles. After 40 years of research in hot deserts Yitzchak Gutterman provides a comprehensive treatise of such adaptations and strategies. In doing so he covers the following topics: post-maturation primary seed dormancy, which prevents germination of maturing seeds before the summer; seed dispersal mechanisms with escape or protection strategies; cautious or opportunistic germination strategies; seedling drought tolerance. The day-length is an important factor in regulating flowering as well as the phenotypic plasticity of seed germination which is also affected by maternal factors.


Embryo Fitness Samenkeimung Samenverbreitung Seed Wind Wüste Wüstenpflanzen adaptation annual desert plants desert plant development seed dispersal seed germination temperature

Authors and affiliations

  • Yitzchak Gutterman
    • 1
  1. 1.Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research and Department of Life SciencesBen-Gurion University of the NegevIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-62778-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-55974-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1430-9432
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