Desert Plants

Biology and Biotechnology

Editors: Ramawat, Kishan Gopal (Ed.)

  • Presents various aspects of the vegetation resources of deserts along with scientific input aimed at understanding and improving the utility of these plants

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About this book

Deserts appear very fascinating during our short visits. However, the lives of plants and animals are very dif?cult under the harsh climatic conditions of high tempe- ture and scant water supply in deserts, sometimes associated with high concent- tions of salt. The editor of this book was born and brought up in the Great Indian Desert, and has spent much of his life studying the growth and metabolism of desert plants. It is very charming on a cool summer evening to sit at the top of a sand dune listening only to blowing air and nothing else. It has been my dream to prepare a volume on desert plants encompassing various aspects of desert plant biology. In this book, I have tried to present functional and useful aspects of the vegetation resources of deserts along with scienti?c input aimed at understanding and impr- ing the utility of these plants. The scant vegetation of deserts supports animal life and provides many useful medicines, timber and fuel wood for humans. Therefore, there are chapters devoted to medicinal plants (Chap. 1), halophytes (Chaps. 13, 14), and fruit plants (Chaps. 17, 20). Desert plants have a unique reproductive biology (Chaps. 9–11), well-adapted eco-physiological and anatomical charact- istics (Chap. 7), and specialised metabolism and survival abilities. These plants are dif?cult to propagate and pose many problems to researchers developing biote- nological approaches for their amelioration (Chaps. 18–20).

Table of contents (22 chapters)

  • Biodiversity, Biology and Conservation of Medicinal Plants of the Thar Desert

    Arora, Jaya (et al.)

    Pages 3-36

  • Potentiality of Hydrocarbon Yielding Plants for Future Energy and Chemicals

    Kalita, Dipul

    Pages 37-56

  • Biology and Biotechnological Advances in Jatropha curcas – a Biodiesel Plant

    Reddy, Muppala P. (et al.)

    Pages 57-71

  • Biology of Annual Plants in Arid and Semi-Arid Desert Regions of China

    Li, Xuehua

    Pages 73-89

  • Soil Biology in Traditional Agroforestry Systems of the Indian Desert

    Sundaramoorthy, S. (et al.)

    Pages 91-120

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eBook $259.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Desert Plants
Book Subtitle
Biology and Biotechnology
Editors
  • Kishan Gopal Ramawat
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-02550-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-02550-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-02549-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-42612-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 503
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