How to survive in the desert

Current Biology : Volume 31, Issue 17, 13 September 2021, Pages R1017-R1019



The survival of hardy plant species in the deserts of our planet still has a lot to teach us about the limits of survival and the effects of environmental change.

Recent studies including the genomes of Welwitschia mirabilis from the Namib Desert and related species, as well as the Green Sahara period, also give clues to the evolutionary time axis of adapting to rising arid conditions.

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

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