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Plants increase CO2 uptake by assimilating nitrogen via the photorespiratory pathway

Busch, Florian; Sage, Rowan F.; Farquhar, Graham


Photorespiration is a major bioengineering target for increasing crop yields as it is often considered a wasteful process. Photorespiratory metabolism is integrated into leaf metabolism and thus may have certain benefits. Here, we show that plants can increase their rate of photosynthetic CO2 uptake when assimilating nitrogen de novo via the photorespiratory pathway by fixing carbon as amino acids in addition to carbohydrates. Plants fed NO3 − had higher rates of CO2 assimilation under...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017-12-11
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature Plants
DOI: 10.1038/s41477-017-0065-x
Access Rights: Open Access


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