Grasses in the Fog: Plants Support Life in the Desert

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The Namib dune bushman grass Stipagrostis sabulicola can condense moisture from
The Namib dune bushman grass Stipagrostis sabulicola can condense moisture from the air in the form of fog and dew.
Researchers from the Senckenberg Centre for Human Evolution and Palaeoenvironment (SHEP) at the University of Tübingen and the Senckenberg Natural History Museum in Görlitz have studied the role of the desert grass Stipagrostis sabulicola in the African Namib Desert. In their study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, they show that the plant is able to absorb moisture from fog events and thus forms an essential basis of an - altogether unexpectedly complex - food web in the drought-stricken landscape. ...
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