Predictions and Measurements of the Maximum Photosynthetic Rate, Amax, at the Global Scale

  • F. I. Woodward
  • T. M. Smith
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Abstract

The study of plant photosynthesis has an exceptionally long pedigree, because photosynthesis is the primary source of chemical energy for plants, animals, and for integrated ecosystem functioning. The central importance of photosynthesis in ecology was clearly stated by Lange et al. (1987) “Thus photosynthetic primary production is not only a requirement for the single plant but the essential energy-harvesting process for the total biosphere. If we want to understand how ecosystems function, we must analyze the photosynthetic performance of the relevant plants”.

Keywords

Phosphorus Dioxide Europe Assimilation Photosynthesis 

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