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Photosynthesis and Carbohydrate Partitioning for the C3 Desert Shrub Encelia farinosa under Current and Doubled CO2 Concentrations.

By H. Zhang and P. S. Nobel


Changes in photosynthesis (A) and carbohydrate partitioning were studied for Encelia farinosa, a common C3 desert shrub in the southwestern United States, after a 3-month exposure to the current or a doubled CO2 concentration (750 [mu]L L-1). A remained unchanged under the current CO2 concentration but decreased during the day under the doubled CO2 concentration, resulting in a 46% enhancement in the early morning, 26% at midday, and 15% in the late afternoon by the elevated CO2. The decrease during the day under the doubled CO2 concentration may represent end-product inhibition, because the sucrose and the starch contents increased during the day proportionally more than under the current CO2 concentration. The 14CO2 activity in sink leaves was maximal 3 h after labeling under the doubled and at 5 h under the current CO2 concentration, indicating faster movement of photosynthate out of source leaves and into sink tissues under the doubled CO2 concentration, which may have been responsible for the sustained enhancement in A under the doubled CO2 concentration

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1996
DOI identifier: 10.1104/pp.110.4.1361
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Provided by: PubMed Central
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