Plant Circadian Clocks Increase Photosynthesis, Growth, Survival, and Competitive Advantage

@article{Dodd2005PlantCC,
  title={Plant Circadian Clocks Increase Photosynthesis, Growth, Survival, and Competitive Advantage},
  author={Antony N. Dodd and Neeraj S. Salathia and Anthony J W Hall and Eva Kevei and R{\'e}ka T{\'o}th and Ferenc Nagy and Julian M. Hibberd and Andrew J. Millar and Alex A. R. Webb},
  journal={Science},
  year={2005},
  volume={309},
  pages={630 - 633}
}
Circadian clocks are believed to confer an advantage to plants, but the nature of that advantage has been unknown. We show that a substantial photosynthetic advantage is conferred by correct matching of the circadian clock period with that of the external light-dark cycle. In wild type and in long– and short–circadian period mutants of Arabidopsis thaliana, plants with a clock period matched to the environment contain more chlorophyll, fix more carbon, grow faster, and survive better than… 
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