Photosynthetic Gas Exchange in Land Plants at the Leaf Level

  • Florian A. BuschEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1770)


Leaf-level gas exchange enables insights into the physiology and in vivo biochemical processes of plants. Advances in infrared gas analysis have resulted in user-friendly off-the-shelf gas exchange systems that allow researchers to collect physiological measurements with the push of a few buttons. Here, I describe how to set up the gas exchange equipment and what to pay attention to while making measurements, and provide some guidelines on how to analyze and interpret the data obtained.

Key words

Gas exchange Photosynthesis Transpiration Conductance FvCB model RuBisCO Mitochondrial respiration Infrared gas analyzer 



I thank Ross Deans for helpful comments on this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research School of Biology and ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational PhotosynthesisThe Australian National UniversityActonAustralia

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