Resistance to Drought in Desert Plants
Of the following mechanisms in desert plants which would be the least effective in resisting drought:
Dying back of root hairs during a dry season
Expansion of total leaf surface area
Ability to store large amounts of water
Shedding leaves during the dry season
Thick walled seeds
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... conserve energy, as it would have less cells to supply with nutrients and seeing as there will be very little water to get anyway, this could be beneficial and it could force its roots to tunnel down deep, where water may be found.
- Expansion of total leaf surface area would be a ...