Special Issue "Ecology, Diversity, and Phylogeny of Desert Plants"

A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Diversity".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 July 2023) | Viewed by 196

Special Issue Editor

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287, USA
Interests: microsatellites; multivariate analysis; cluster analysis; multivariate data analysis; classification population genetics; genetic diversity and conservation genetics; evolution and phylogeography

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Deserts cover one-third of the Earth’s land surface. Despite the name, deserts are extremely biodiverse, harboring many countless life forms that have adapted to aridity and harsh and unpredictable environments. Some of the driest places on Earth are also home to some of the most intriguing plants in the world. Only the most well-adapted plants can survive in such regions. The morphology of desert plants is often different from the plants native to other regions. Their stems are often swollen and spiny, and the leaves are tiny and rarely bright green. Their strange appearance is a result of adapting to the challenges of the desert climate. Aridity is what defines a desert and is the primary limitation to which desert organisms must adapt.

Scientific research is necessary to obtain a deeper insight into these plants. This Special Issue welcomes papers including studies involving the interactions of plants with their environment, especially those with other species, soils, climate, and other physical factors; descriptions and analyses of factors affecting plant diversity and evolution.

Dr. Marc A. Baker
Guest Editor

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  • plant secondary compounds
  • phytochemistry
  • population genetics
  • plant physiology
  • plant evolution
  • plant systematics
  • plant morphology
  • plant anatomy
  • phytogeography
  • root symbiosis
  • endemism
  • cellular and molecular biology
  • biophysics

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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