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Desiccation tolerance: Seedy origins of resurrection

Resurrection plants can survive extreme drying during periods of prolonged drought stress, maintaining a quiescent state for months to years until the return of water. Analysis of the genome and transcriptome of the resurrection plant Xerophyta viscosa links the evolution of desiccation tolerance to rewired pre-existing seed pathways.

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Figure 1: Co-opted seed pathways in resurrection plants.


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VanBuren, R. Desiccation tolerance: Seedy origins of resurrection. Nature Plants 3, 17046 (2017).

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