What do we really know about desiccation tolerance mechanisms?

F.A. Hoekstra, E.A. Golovina, J. Nijsse

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This chapter discusses desiccation tolerance mechanisms in plants. The topics discussed include the role of sugar in tolerance, the comparison of drought and desiccation tolerance, and problems encountered when bulk water was present and with the loss of the hydration shell. The crop damage encountered with rehydration in dried desiccation-tolerant organisms in water are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Biology of Seeds:
Subtitle of host publicationrecent research advances
EditorsG. Nicolás, K.J. Bradford, D. Côme, H.W. Pritchard
Place of PublicationWallingford
PublisherCABI Publishing
ISBN (Print)9780851996530
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • plant physiology
  • desiccation
  • tolerance
  • dehydration (physiological)

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    Hoekstra, F. A., Golovina, E. A., & Nijsse, J. (2003). What do we really know about desiccation tolerance mechanisms? In G. Nicolás, K. J. Bradford, D. Côme, & H. W. Pritchard (Eds.), The Biology of Seeds: recent research advances (pp. 259-270). CABI Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1079/9780851996530.0259