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dc.contributor.authorPalacio, Sara
dc.contributor.authorAzorín, José
dc.contributor.authorMontserrat Martí, Gabriel
dc.contributor.authorFerrio Díaz, Juan Pedro
dc.date.accessioned2018-11-09T08:07:01Z
dc.date.available2018-11-09T08:07:01Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.identifier.issn2041-1723
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10459.1/65059
dc.description.abstractSome minerals, like gypsum, hold water in their crystalline structure. Although still unexplored, the use of such crystallization water by organisms would point to a completely new water source for life, critical under dry conditions. Here we use the fact that the isotopic composition of free water differs from gypsum crystallization water to show that plants can use crystallization water from the gypsum structure. The composition of the xylem sap of gypsum plants during summer shows closer values to gypsum crystallization water than to free soil water. Crystallization water represents a significant water source for organisms growing on gypsum, especially during summer, when it accounts for 70-90% of the water used by shallow-rooted plants. Given the widespread occurrence of gypsum in dry lands throughout the Earth and in Mars, these results may have important implications for arid land reclamation and exobiology.ca_ES
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was supported by an AEET Grant to S.P. J.P.F was supported by the Ramón y Cajal programme (RYC-2008-02050, MINECO). S.P. was supported by a Juan de la Cierva contract (MEC) and projects CGL2011-26654 (MEC, Spain) and ARBALMONT/786-2012 (OAPN, MAAMA, Spain).ca_ES
dc.language.isoengca_ES
dc.publisherSpringer Natureca_ES
dc.relationMICINN/PN2008-2011/CGL2011-26654
dc.relation.isformatofVersió postprint del document publicat a https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms5660ca_ES
dc.relation.ispartofNature Communications, 2014, vol. 5, art. 4660ca_ES
dc.rights(c) Springer Nature, 2014ca_ES
dc.titleThe crystallization water of gypsum rocks is a relevant water source for plantsca_ES
dc.typeinfo:eu-repo/semantics/articleca_ES
dc.identifier.idgrec021698
dc.type.versioninfo:eu-repo/semantics/acceptedVersionca_ES
dc.rights.accessRightsinfo:eu-repo/semantics/openAccessca_ES
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms5660


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