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LOGAN, UTAH – June 6, 2016 – 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.
Utah State University
desert, moss, Syntrichia caninervis, water collection, arid environments
USU College of Engineering, "This Desert Moss Has Developed the Ultimate Water Collection Toolkit | College of Engineering" (2016). College of Engineering News. 109.