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Crassulacean acid metabolism in submerged aquatic plants

Advances in Agricultural Biotechnology

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C. Sybesme
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-4971-8_63

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Abstract

CO2-fixation in the dark is known to occur in various organs of many plants. However, only in species possessing crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) does dark CO2-fixation contribute substantially to the carbon economy of the plant. Until very recently CAM was known only from terrestrial species, largely drought adapted succulents. The discovery of CAM in the submerged aquatic fern ally Isoetes howellii (Isoetaceae)(Keeley 1981) adds a new dimension to our understanding of crassulacean acid metabolism. In this paper I will summarize 1) the evidence of CAM in Isoetes howellii, 2) the data on the distribution of CAM in aquatic species, and 3) the work to date on the functional significance of CAM in aquatic species.

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Publication type:
Book chapter
Publication Subtype:
Book Chapter
Title:
Crassulacean acid metabolism in submerged aquatic plants
Series title:
Advances in Agricultural Biotechnology
ISBN:
978-90-247-2945-6
DOI:
10.1007/978-94-017-4971-8_63
Volume:
4
Year Published:
1984
Language:
English
Publisher:
Springer
Contributing office(s):
Western Ecological Research Center
Description:
4 p.
Larger Work Type:
Book
Larger Work Subtype:
Monograph
Larger Work Title:
Advances in Photosynthesis Research: Proceedings of the VIth International Congress on Photosynthesis (Volume IV)
First page:
291
Last page:
294
Conference Title:
Proceedings of the VIth International Congress on Photosynthesis
Conference Location:
Brussels, Belgium
Conference Date:
August 1-6, 1983