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

@article{Dodd2005PlantCC,
  title={Plant Circadian Clocks Increase Photosynthesis, Growth, Survival, and Competitive Advantage},
  author={A. Dodd and Neeraj Salathia and A. Hall and {\'E}. Kevei and R. T{\'o}th and F. Nagy and J. Hibberd and A. Millar and A. 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… Expand
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