Plant success in desert environment


Water-use efficiency and relative growth rate mediate competitive interactions in Sonoran Desert winter annual plants

by J. R. Gremer, S. Kimball, K. R. Keck, T. E. Huxman, A. L. Angert, D. L. Venable

in American Journal of Botany, 2013; 100 (10): 2009 DOI: 10.3732/ajb.1300064

Many people think of deserts as inhospitable places devoid of life, but numerous plants and animals have adapted to this harsh environment, where they often compete for limited resources. In desert environments, the most limited resource is usually water, forcing plants to adopt different strategies to compete with their neighbors for this precious resource.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.