Crassulacean acid metabolism: a continuous or discrete trait?

@article{Winter2015CrassulaceanAM,
  title={Crassulacean acid metabolism: a continuous or discrete trait?},
  author={Klaus Winter and Joseph A M Holtum and J Andrew C Smith},
  journal={The New phytologist},
  year={2015},
  volume={208 1},
  pages={73-8}
}
The key components of crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) - nocturnal fixation of atmospheric CO2 and its processing via Rubisco in the subsequent light period - are now reasonably well understood in terms of the biochemical reactions defining this water-saving mode of carbon assimilation. Phenotypically, however, the degree to which plants engage in the CAM cycle relative to regular C3 photosynthesis is highly variable. Depending upon species, ontogeny and environment, the contribution of… CONTINUE READING
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