Variation in Gas Exchange Characteristics Among Desert Plants

  • J. R. Ehleringer
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Professor Otto Lange and colleagues have made significant contributions to our understanding of ecophysiological aspects of plant performance under arid land conditions. It was their pioneering field research in the Negev Desert during the 1960s and 1970s that firmly established our understanding of the impacts of drought and high temperature on photosynthetic gas exchange, respiration, and transpiration in extreme environments. These field studies described the mechanistic bases for photosynthetic adjustment to desert habitats and evaluated the carbon gain significance of different acclimation patterns. During the past decade, Lange and colleagues have extended this research by examination of plant performance in sclerophyllous shrub and tree species in the arid mediterranean climate zones of Portugal, and these studies have provided further insights into the cellular adjustments of plants to arid conditions.


Carbon Isotope Ratio Photosynthetic Pathway Desert Plant Sonoran Desert Summer Rain 
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