Resurrection plant

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A resurrection plant is any poikilohydric plant that can survive extreme dehydration, even over months or years.

The resurrection plant Selaginella lepidophylla reviving within 3 hours after the addition of water.

Examples include

Certain resurrection plants have long been sold in their dry, "lifeless" form as curiosities. This custom was noted by many 19th century authors, and continues today.

In December, 2015, resurrection plants were featured in a TED talk given by Professor Jill Farrant ,[4] Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Cape Town, South Africa, who performs targeted genetic modification of crop plants to make them tolerate desiccation by activating genes that are already there but not natively expressed in response to drought. [5]

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  1. ^ a b Liberty Hyde Bailey (1916). The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture. 5. The Macmillan company. pp. 2920–2921; 3639. 
  2. ^ Zhang, T.; Fang, Y.; Wang, X.; Deng, X.; Zhang, X.; Hu, S.; Yu, J. (2012). Badger, Jonathan H, ed. "The Complete Chloroplast and Mitochondrial Genome Sequences of Boea hygrometrica: Insights into the Evolution of Plant Organellar Genomes". PLoS ONE. 7 (1): e30531. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0030531. PMC 3264610free to read. PMID 22291979. 
  3. ^ "Resurrection Plant". Retrieved 2012-01-30. 
  4. ^ "TED Speaker: Jill Farrant". Retrieved 2016-01-21. 
  5. ^ "TED Talk: How we can make crops survive without water". Retrieved 2016-01-21.