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CO2 Diffusion Inside Photosynthetic Organs


Flexas, J and Carriqui, M and Cano, FJ and Coopman, RE and Mizokami, Y and Tholen, D and Xiong, D, CO2 Diffusion Inside Photosynthetic Organs, The Leaf: A Platform for Performing Photosynthesis, Springer International Publishing AG, WW Adams III and I Terashima (ed), Switzerland, pp. 163-208. ISBN 9783319935928 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-93594-2_7


In the present chapter, we review the current state-of-the-art of knowledge on mesophyll (internal) CO2 diffusion conductance of photosynthetic tissues (for simplification, gm). We show that, despite concerns regarding the methodological approaches currently used for its estimation, a large and consistent body of evidence has accumulated showing that gm is finite and significantly limiting for photosynthesis, as well as being highly variable among photosynthetic organisms and in response to environmental changes. Part of this variation results from different anatomies of the photosynthetic tissues, with a particularly strong influence of chloroplast distribution and cell wall thickness. Besides these, it appears that a biochemical modulation of gm also occurs, likely involving aquaporins and, possibly, carbonic anhydrases and other metabolic components.

Further efforts are needed in the near future to improve CO2 diffusion models, both for the estimation of gm and for the precise physiological understanding of the CO2 assimilation process in different plants, as well as to increase our knowledge of the mechanistic base for gm and its regulation.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:CO2, diffusion, photosynthesis, photosynthetic organs, mesophyll conductance, phylogeny, aquaporins, cell wall thickness
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Plant biology
Research Field:Plant physiology
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Other plant production and plant primary products
Objective Field:Other plant production and plant primary products not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Carriqui, M (Mr Marc Carriqui Alcover)
ID Code:134466
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2019-08-14
Last Modified:2019-10-07

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