xerophile


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xer·o·phile

 (zîr′ə-fīl′)
n.
An organism that flourishes in a very dry environment.
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Noun1.xerophile - plant adapted for life with a limited supply of waterxerophile - plant adapted for life with a limited supply of water; compare hydrophyte and mesophyte
agave, American aloe, century plant - tropical American plants with basal rosettes of fibrous sword-shaped leaves and flowers in tall spikes; some cultivated for ornament or for fiber
tracheophyte, vascular plant - green plant having a vascular system: ferns, gymnosperms, angiosperms
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Chaquena province with two areas: 1A) Chaco Seco: located in the northwest and characterized by water deficit, with predominance of xerophile forests.
Cactus pear is a xerophile plant and its physiology is characterized by the photosynthetic process called Crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) and, under stress conditions, water is saved due to stomatal closure during the day and opening during the night with C[O.sub.2] fixation.
For any type of bacteria, the minimum Aw value required for growth is 0.75, whereas osmophile yeast (which resist mediums with high sugar concentration) and xerophile fungi (which survive in mediums with little water) are able to grow on Aw from 0.61 to 0.65, respectively, using glucose and sugars as substrate [35].