Plant circadian clocks increase photosynthesis, growth, survival, and competitive advantage
UNSPECIFIED. (2005) Plant circadian clocks increase photosynthesis, growth, survival, and competitive advantage. SCIENCE, 309 (5734). pp. 630-633. ISSN 0036-8075Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1115581
Circadian clocks are believed to confer an advantage to plants, but the nature of that advantage has been unknown. We show that a substantial photosynthetic advantage is conferred by correct matching of the circadian clock period with that of the external tight-dark cycle. In wild type and in long- and short-circadian period mutants of Arabidopsis thaliana, plants with a clock period matched to the environment contain more chlorophyll, fix more carbon, grow faster, and survive better than plants with circadian periods differing from their environment. This explains why plants gain advantage from circadian control.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Journal or Publication Title:||SCIENCE|
|Publisher:||AMER ASSOC ADVANCEMENT SCIENCE|
|Date:||22 July 2005|
|Number of Pages:||4|
|Page Range:||pp. 630-633|
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