Plants in the Deserts of the Middle East by Kamal H. Batanouny

Plants in the Deserts of the Middle East

byKamal H. Batanouny

Paperback | December 5, 2010

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Usually authors write introductions for their books, although they know that not many readers will read it. Despite this, authors insist on writing an introduction and no publisher will publish a book without one. I would like to inform my dear readers that I have spent almost all of the first quarter of my life in a village in the Nile Delta, 65 km north of Cairo. The everyday scenery there was the beautiful green landscape dissected with canals full of running water. All of these were bordered with the huge sycamore, mulberry and acacia trees. The desert was something unknown to me at that time, except for the very basic information given in geography books, which explained that the desert is a place without water or cultiva­ tion. Some of my ideas about the desert came to me from the stories in the history of Islam and the desert lands where Islam originated. My real attraction to the desert developed in the last year of my under­ graduate studies. This was during the field courses in Ecology (Prof. A.M.
Title:Plants in the Deserts of the Middle EastFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:194 pages, 9.25 X 6.1 X 0 inShipping dimensions:194 pages, 9.25 X 6.1 X 0 inPublished:December 5, 2010Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3642080928

ISBN - 13:9783642080920

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Table of Contents

Introduction.- Deserts of the Middle East.- Climatic Aridity in the Deserts of the Middle East.- Topography and Plant Life.- Plants in the Arabic Heritage.- Adaptations of Desert Plants.- Adaptations that Increase Water Absorption.- Adaptations that Reduce Water Loss.- Adaptational Traits that Resist and/or Tolerate Drought.- Adaptations that Engender Escape from Drought.- Adaptation to Desiccation.- Adaptations of Plants to Saline Conditions in Arid Regions.

Editorial Reviews

"It is a very personal book, as the author himself has travelled many times in the area. Some emotions and personal impressions flow into the scientific descriptions. It is this particular personal style which makes the book attractive and pleasant to read. ... I would recommend the book to poeple who are interested in exploring and understanding the ecology and ecophysiology of the plant world of the deserts of the Middle East." (Plant Science)