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Photosynthesis optimized across land plant phylogeny


Gago, J and Carriqui, M and Nadal, M and Clemente-Moreno, MJ and Coopman, RE and Fernie, AR and Flexas, J, Photosynthesis optimized across land plant phylogeny, Trends in Plant Science, 24, (10) pp. 947-958. ISSN 1360-1385 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.tplants.2019.07.002


Until recently, few data were available on photosynthesis and its underlying mechanistically limiting factors in plants, other than crops and model species. Currently, a new large pool of data from extant representatives of basal terrestrial plant groups is emerging, allowing exploration of how photosynthetic capacity (Amax) increases from minimum values in bryophytes to maximum in tracheophytes, which is associated to an optimization of the balance between its limiting factors. From predominant mesophyll conductance limitation (lm) in bryophytes and lycophytes (fern allies) to stomatal conductance (ls) and lm colimitation in pteridophytes (ferns) and gymnosperms, a balanced colimitation by the three limitations is finally reached in angiosperms. We discuss the implications of this new knowledge for future biotechnological attempts to improve crop photosynthesis.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:bryophyte, mesophyll conductance, photosynthetical limitations, Rubisco, stomatal conductance, tracheophyte
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:134477
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2019-08-14
Last Modified:2020-08-31

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