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Leaf anatomy enables more equal access to light and CO2 between chloroplasts

Evans, John


The function of a leaf is photosynthesis, which requires the interception of light and access to atmospheric CO2 while controlling water loss. This paper examines the influence of leaf anatomy on both light capture and CO2 diffusion. As photosynthetic metabolism is spread between many chloroplasts, a leaf faces the challenge of matching light capture by a given chloroplast with the metabolic capacity of that chloroplast. Chloroplasts nearest the leaf surface receive the greatest irradiance and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 1999
Type: Journal article
Source: New Phytologist
DOI: 10.1046/j.1469-8137.1999.00440.x


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