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Comparison of resurrection grasses reveals convergent evolution of desiccation tolerance

Desiccation tolerance evolved multiple times across the land plants for survival in water-limited habitats. We find that desiccation tolerance evolved convergently in grasses by independent duplication of the same gene family and activation of conserved, ancestral protective pathways.

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Fig. 1: Patterns of convergent evolution of desiccation tolerance in grasses.


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