Under drought conditions organisms including nematodes, can enter a state of suspended animation known as anhydrobiosis. This process enables nematodes to survive until rehydration but the precise molecular control mechanisms remain unclear. In March 7
LEA promotes the formation of a stable 'bioglass' in the cytoplasm of anhydrobiotic plants and may trap fragile biological molecules spatially and temporally, preserving them from desiccation biological damage.
"These findings suggest that animals and plants that...