Mechanism of desiccation tolerance in the terrestrial Nostoc : a review
ZHANG Ai-hong ,QIU Bao-sheng ,LIU Zhi-li (1 College of Life Sciences,Central China Normai University,Wuhan 430079,China;2 College of Life Sciences,Nanjing Univer-sity,Nanjing 210093,China)
Nostoc is distributed worldwide and most species are known for their desiccation tolerance. There is a considerable accumulation of literature on this aspect. In the present paper,we reviewed the mechanism of their desiccation tolerance on the structural, physiological and molecular levels, especially those differ from higher plants.