Photosynthesis by Tundra Plants Sensitive to Low Temperatures
Light-harvesting processes involved in photosynthesis by tundra plants are unexpectedly sensitive to growth at low temperatures.
- Quantify the sensitivity of leaf photosynthesis to temperature and improve the representation of component processes in models of the Arctic carbon cycle.
- Understanding the response of photosynthesis to irradiance must account for light-harvesting processes that are unique to Arctic plants at low temperatures.
- Terrestrial biosphere models lack these mechanistic insights, but our studies suggest how those deficiencies can be corrected.
- Can now better understand and more realistically simulate photosynthesis in tundra ecosystems, and provide new data and insights that will advance the representation of photosynthesis in high-latitude ecosystems.
Rogers, A, SP Serbin, KS Ely, and SDWullschleger. 2019. Terrestrial biosphere models need to account for decreased quantum yield and convexity at low temperature or they will overestimate Arctic CO2 assimilation. New Phytologist 223:167-179. https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.15750
This research was supported by the Director, Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research of the US Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231 as part of the Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments (NGEE Arctic) project.
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