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Plant Responses to Hyperarid Desert Environments

  • Monier M. Abd El-Ghani
  • Francisco Martín Huerta-Martínez
  • Liu Hongyan
  • Rahmatullah Qureshi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Monier M. Abd El-Ghani, Francisco Martín Huerta-Martínez, Liu Hongyan, Rahmatullah Qureshi
    Pages 1-7
  3. Egypt: The Land of Three Deserts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Monier M. Abd El-Ghani, Francisco Martín Huerta-Martínez, Liu Hongyan, Rahmatullah Qureshi
      Pages 11-20
    3. Monier M. Abd El-Ghani, Francisco Martín Huerta-Martínez, Liu Hongyan, Rahmatullah Qureshi
      Pages 21-81
    4. Monier M. Abd El-Ghani, Francisco Martín Huerta-Martínez, Liu Hongyan, Rahmatullah Qureshi
      Pages 83-177
    5. Monier M. Abd El-Ghani, Francisco Martín Huerta-Martínez, Liu Hongyan, Rahmatullah Qureshi
      Pages 179-256
    6. Monier M. Abd El-Ghani, Francisco Martín Huerta-Martínez, Liu Hongyan, Rahmatullah Qureshi
      Pages 257-319
    7. Monier M. Abd El-Ghani, Francisco Martín Huerta-Martínez, Liu Hongyan, Rahmatullah Qureshi
      Pages 321-413
    8. Monier M. Abd El-Ghani, Francisco Martín Huerta-Martínez, Liu Hongyan, Rahmatullah Qureshi
      Pages 415-470
  4. The Desert and Semi-desert of Mexico

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 471-471
    2. Monier M. Abd El-Ghani, Francisco Martín Huerta-Martínez, Liu Hongyan, Rahmatullah Qureshi
      Pages 473-501
    3. Monier M. Abd El-Ghani, Francisco Martín Huerta-Martínez, Liu Hongyan, Rahmatullah Qureshi
      Pages 503-527
  5. The Desert of China

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 529-529
    2. Monier M. Abd El-Ghani, Francisco Martín Huerta-Martínez, Liu Hongyan, Rahmatullah Qureshi
      Pages 531-536
    3. Monier M. Abd El-Ghani, Francisco Martín Huerta-Martínez, Liu Hongyan, Rahmatullah Qureshi
      Pages 537-544
  6. The Deserts of Pakistan

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 545-545
    2. Monier M. Abd El-Ghani, Francisco Martín Huerta-Martínez, Liu Hongyan, Rahmatullah Qureshi
      Pages 547-573
  7. Monier M. Abd El-Ghani, Francisco Martín Huerta-Martínez, Liu Hongyan, Rahmatullah Qureshi
    Pages E1-E1
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 575-598

About this book

Introduction

This book provides a comprehensive discussion on plant responses in hyperarid regions of Egypt, China, Mexico, and Pakistan. It describes their location, physiographic features, accidental vegetation along two transects, endangered vegetation species, and human impact, variety of plant types (e.g. climbing, succulent, and parasitic). Studies on biotic and abiotic interactions, plant biodiversity, and soil-plant relationships are also covered. 

Covering a wide range of plant conditions and adaptations, this book analyzes what happens when plants must endure very high temperatures and aridity. Plants have adapted by evolving their physical structure to store and conserve water. Examples are the absence of leaves which reduces transpiration and the growth of extremely long roots, allowing them to acquire moisture at, or near the water table. Plants in hyperarid habitats have also made behavioral adaptations in order to survive by synchronizing with the seasons of greatest moisture and/or coolest temperatures. For example, desert perennials remain dormant during dry periods of the year, then spring to life when water becomes available.

The book includes many color illustrations, and has extensive and up-to-date references for further reading.

Keywords

Vegetation dynamics Arid Environments Habitat Environmental gradients Phytogeography

Authors and affiliations

  • Monier M. Abd El-Ghani
    • 1
  • Francisco Martín Huerta-Martínez
    • 2
  • Liu Hongyan
    • 3
  • Rahmatullah Qureshi
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Botany and MicrobiologyCairo UniversityGizaEgypt
  2. 2.Department of Applied EcologyUniversity of GuadalajaraGuadalajaraMexico
  3. 3.College of Urban and Environmental SciencesPeking UniversityBeijingChina
  4. 4.Department of BotanyPir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture UniversityRawalpindiPakistan

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