Leaf development, gas exchange characteristics, and photorespiratory activity in maize seedlings

@article{Kutschera2010LeafDG,
  title={Leaf development, gas exchange characteristics, and photorespiratory activity in maize seedlings},
  author={Ulrich Kutschera and Roland Pieruschka and Joseph A. Berry},
  journal={Photosynthetica},
  year={2010},
  volume={48},
  pages={617-622}
}
Five decades ago, a novel mode of CO2 assimilation that was later described as C4-photosynthesis was discovered on mature leaves of maize (Zea mays L.) plants. Here we show that 3- to 5-day-old developing maize leaves recapitulate the evolutionary advance from the ancient, inefficient C3 mode of photosynthesis to the C4 pathway, a mechanism for overcoming the wasteful process of photorespiration. Chlorophyll fluorescence measurements documented that photorespiration was high in 3-day-old… CONTINUE READING

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