Morpho-Anatomical Traits for Plant Adaptation to Drought

  • Veronica De MiccoEmail author
  • Giovanna Aronne


Plant resistance to drought relies on adaptive strategies based on the timing of phenophases and on the presence of structural traits mainly related to: (1) increase of water uptake and storage; (2) reduction of water loss during dry periods; and (3) mechanical reinforcement of tissues to prevent wilting that may lead to irreversible collapse and damage of cells. In this chapter, after a few evolutionary considerations, we focus on the adaptive value of the main phenological, morphological and anatomical properties. We report the common existence of such traits in both desert and semiarid environments, especially in Mediterranean-type ecosystems. All morpho-anatomical characteristics are interpreted considering that plant resistance to drought also depends on the ability to respond to multiple stressors. We conclude that various combinations of anatomical features can contribute in different degrees to the adaptive capacity of plants to drought.


Drought Condition Cambial Activity Wood Anatomy Reduce Water Loss Semiarid Environment 
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  1. 1.Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Arboriculture, Botany and Plant PathologyUniversity of Naples Federico IIPortici (Naples)Italy

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