Physiological Ecology of North American Desert Plants

by Stanley D. Smith
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Release Date: 2012-12-06
Genre: Science
Pages: 288 pages
ISBN 13: 3642592120
ISBN 10: 9783642592126
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Following a description of the physical and biological characterization of the four North American deserts together with the primary adaptations of plants to environmental stress, the authors go on to present case studies of key species. They provide an up-to-date and comprehensive review of the major patterns of adaptation in desert plants, with one chapter devoted to several important exotic plants that have invaded these deserts. The whole is rounded off with a synthesis of the resource requirements of desert plants and how they may respond to global climate change.
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