Ecological and evolutionary consequences of desiccation tolerance in tropical fern gametophytes.

@article{Watkins2007EcologicalAE,
  title={Ecological and evolutionary consequences of desiccation tolerance in tropical fern gametophytes.},
  author={James Edward Watkins and Michelle C. Mack and Thomas R Sinclair and Stephen S. Mulkey},
  journal={The New phytologist},
  year={2007},
  volume={176 3},
  pages={708-17}
}
Ferns have radiated into the same diverse environments as spermatophytes, and have done so with an independent gametophyte that is not protected by the parent plant. The degree and extent of desiccation tolerance (DT) in the gametophytes of tropical fern species was assessed to understand mechanisms that have allowed ferns to radiate into a diversity of habitats. Species from several functional groups were subjected to a series of desiccation events, including varying degrees of intensity and… CONTINUE READING