Crassulacean Acid Metabolism

Biochemistry, Ecophysiology and Evolution

  • Klaus Winter
  • J. Andrew C. Smith

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 114)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXXII
  2. An Introduction to Crassulacean Acid Metabolism. Biochemical Principles and Ecological Diversity

  3. Biochemistry of Carbon Flow During Crassulacean Acid Metabolism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-18
    2. C. C. Black, J.-Q. Chen, R. L. Doong, M. N. Angelov, S. J. S. Sung
      Pages 31-45
    3. J. A. C. Smith, J. Ingram, M. S. Tsiantis, B. J. Barkla, D. M. Bartholomew, M. Bettey et al.
      Pages 53-71
    4. W. W. Adams III, B. Demmig-Adams
      Pages 97-114
  4. Environmental and Developmental Control of Crassulacean Acid Metabolism

  5. Ecophysiology and Evolution of Crassulacean Acid Metabolism

  6. Part D

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 387-387
    2. K. Winter, J. A. C. Smith
      Pages 389-426
    3. J. A. C. Smith, K. Winter
      Pages 427-436
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 437-449

About this book


Crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) represents one of the best-studied metabolic examples of an ecological adaptation to environmental stress. Well over 5 % of all vascular plant species engage in this water-conserving photosynthetic pathway. Intensified research activities over the last 10 years have led to major advances in understanding the biology of CAM plants.
New areas of research reviewed in detail in this book include regulation of gene expression and the molecular basis of CAM, the ecophysiology of CAM plants from tropical environments, the productivity of agronomically important cacti and agaves, the ecophysiology of CAM in submerged aquatic plants, and the taxonomic diversity and evolutionary origins of CAM.


CAM Crassulaceen-Säurestoffwechsel Photosynthese adaptation biology ecophysiology environment environmental stress evolution gene expression metabolism physiology plant plants Ökophysiologie

Editors and affiliations

  • Klaus Winter
    • 1
  • J. Andrew C. Smith
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Smithsonian Tropical Research InstituteBalboaRepublic of Panama
  2. 2.Department of Plant SciencesUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK
  3. 3.Magdalen CollegeOxfordUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-79062-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-79060-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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