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Carbon Isotope Ratios and Physiological Processes in Aridland Plants

  • J. R. Ehleringer
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 68)

Abstract

Carbon isotope ratios in plants were initially used to investigate photosynthetic pathway types and have more recently been extended to studies of water-use efficiency in C3 plants. The previous chapter by Farquhar et al. laid down the theoretical framework for why carbon isotope ratios should provide valuable insights into plant water-use efficiency studies and also provided strong experimental evidence of these patterns among agronomically important species. In this chapter, I focus on how carbon isotope ratios can be utilized in studies of aridland plants to understand ecophysiological processes.

Keywords

Crassulacean Acid Metabolism Carbon Isotope Ratio Photosynthetic Pathway Desert Plant Crassulacean Acid Metabolism Plant 
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