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C4 photosynthesis in a single cell is theoretically inefficient but may ameliorate internal CO2 diffusion limitations of C3 leaves

von Caemmerer, Susanne


Attempts are being made to introduce C4 photosynthetic characteristics into C3 crop plants by genetic manipulation. This research has focused on engineering single-celled C4-type CO 2 concentrating mechanisms into C3 plants such as rice. Herein the pros and cons of such approaches are discussed with a focus on CO2 diffusion, utilizing a mathematical model of single-cell C 4 photosynthesis. It is shown that a high bundle sheath resistance to CO2 diffusion is an essential feature of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
Source: Plant Cell and Environment
DOI: 10.1046/j.0016-8025.2003.01061.x


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