Poor Evidence for C4 Photosynthesis in the Wheat Grain
Research on C₄ photosynthesis has seen a revival in recent years, leading to a Nature Scientific Reports article announcing the discovery of C₄ photosynthesis in grains of the C₃ plant wheat (Triticum aestivum; Rangan et al., 2016). The authors indicate the presence of C₄ cycle enzymes, which they interpret as evidence for the existence of a C4-type carbon-concentrating mechanism in the wheat pericarp. “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence,” however, and the evidence presented in...[Show more]
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