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Arid and semi arid landscapes (series)
Shock absorbers

Dr Andrea Leigh, Senior Lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney explains how plants withstand extreme high temperatures, important work given climate change predictions that heat waves will be more frequent and more intense. Desert plants live on the extreme edges of biological tolerance when it comes to temperature.
Cool shapes for leaves

Dr Andrea Leigh from the University of Technology, Sydney discusses some of the ingenious strategies leaves have evolved so that they can function as the powerhouses of the plant in adverse environmental conditions.
Through thick and thin

Dr Andrea Leigh, from the School of the Environment at the University of Technology Sydney, rakes up the latest research on why the thickness of leaves plays a role in their adaptation to hot environments.
Arid can still be fertile

Dr David Eldridge discusses important relationships between soil quality and our native plants and animals.
A good crust can earn a good crust

The presence of desert crusts is a good sign of a healthy ecosystem and are a useful tool in educating landowners on the importance of maintaining their land.   
It's raining renewal

Infrequent floods are vital contributors to the health of arid ecosystems.
Branching out

Dr David Eldridge parts the trees to find out what is changing in some arid zones.
Understanding how dry and arid land ecosystems function

What factors contribute to healthy arid and dry land ecosystems? Dr David Eldridge reports on research by a consortium from some 15 countries that is pooling resources to better understand how dry land and arid land ecosystems function.

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