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Biology of Dryland Plants

Ewers, Frank W. [1], Lopez-Portillo, Jorge [2].

Introduction to the biology of dryland plants.

Senior level scientists, well established mid-career workers, and exceptional junior level scientists from the United States and Mexico explore the biology of dryland plants, including mostly desert and chaparral species, with transitions to grasslands also considered. There is a structure and function emphasis to the symposium, integrating from molecules to ecosystems, with consideration of the impact of global change. The symposium crosses the traditional disciplines of plant physiology, plant anatomy, ecology and evolution, and finishes with an exploration of the uses, and potential future uses of dryland plants by humans. The symposium encourages cross-linking between disciplines and interactions between scientists with a common interest in dryland plants of North America. Some major themes are (1) Root biology, (2) Plant anatomy and physiological ecology, (3) Landscape, population and community ecology, and (4) Economic botany. As would be expected with dryland plants, water is an overarching theme, with considerations of the dynamics of water uptake, transport, use, loss and recycling by plants and ecosystems.

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1 - Michigan State University, Department of Plant Biology, 166 Plant Biology, East Lansing, Michigan, 48824, USA
2 - Instituto de Ecología, A. C., Departamento Ecología Vegetal, km 2.5 antigua carretera a Coatepec No. 351, Congregación El Haya, Xalapa, Veracruz, 91070, Mexico

water stress
water resources
dryland plants
water use
plant structure and function.

Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: 41-1
Location: Salon K - Austin Grand Ballroom/Hilton
Date: Wednesday, August 17th, 2005
Time: 8:00 AM
Abstract ID:108

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