Desiccation Tolerance in Mosses

  • Melvin J. Oliver
  • Andrew J. Wood


To gain a full understanding of stress-inducible processes in plants, especially at the cellular level, it is often of major benefit to develop simple model plants for study. This is especially true if one is interested in how plants tolerate extremely stressful conditions that impact directly on the protoplasm of individual cells, e.g., desiccation. In addition, many crop species have little capacity for abiotic stress tolerance and thus the genetic information necessary for expanding their tolerance may not be present or exploitable. Model plants that exhibit stress-tolerant traits are useful tools for elucidating the processes involved in tolerance and may provide unique genetic material that can impact breeding programs for improved crop stress management.


Desiccation Tolerance Resurrection Plant Rapid Desiccation Polysomal Fraction Craterostigma Plantagineum 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Melvin J. Oliver
    • 1
  • Andrew J. Wood
    • 1
  1. 1.Plant Stress and Water Conservation UnitUSDA-ARSLubbockUSA

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