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This desert moss has developed the ultimate water collection toolkit

Phys.org/news (JUNE 6, 2016 )

Titre : This desert moss has developed the ultimate water collection toolkit

Phys.org/news (JUNE 6, 2016 )

Présentation
Finding water in the desert is a relatively easy task for a species of moss that seems to flourish in even the most arid regions. That’s according to a new study by a team of scientists and engineers who wanted to understand how Syntrichia caninervis succeeds despite its limited and inconsistent water supplies.

The findings show for the first time how the highly evolved bryophyte survives in extremely arid environments thanks in part to its specialized water collection and transportation toolkit.

The four-year-long study uncovers how the moss uses its leaves—not roots—to collect moisture. From molecules to raindrops, S. caninervis has developed specialized structures that take advantage of every available form of water. The findings were published Monday in Nature Plants by researchers at Utah State University’s Splash Lab, Brigham Young

Source  : Utah State University

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