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Cernusak, Lucas A., Haverd, Vanessa, Brendel, Oliver, Le Thiec, Didier, Guehl, Jean Marc, and Cuntz, Matthias (2019) Robust response of terrestrial plants to rising CO<inf>2</inf>. Trends in Plant Science, 24 (7). pp. 578-586.

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Human-caused CO2 emissions over the past century have caused the climate of the Earth to warm and have directly impacted on the functioning of terrestrial plants. We examine the global response of terrestrial gross primary production (GPP) to the historic change in atmospheric CO2. The GPP of the terrestrial biosphere has increased steadily, keeping pace remarkably in proportion to the rise in atmospheric CO2. Water-use efficiency, namely the ratio of CO2 uptake by photosynthesis to water loss by transpiration, has increased as a direct leaf-level effect of rising CO2. This has allowed an increase in global leaf area, which has conspired with stimulation of photosynthesis per unit leaf area to produce a maximal response of the terrestrial biosphere to rising atmospheric CO2 and contemporary climate change.

Item ID: 61782
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1878-4372
Keywords: carbon dioxide, global climate change, greenhouse effect, photosynthesis
Copyright Information: © 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Funders: Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), Australian Government (AG), French National Research Agency (ANR)
Projects and Grants: INRA Make Our Planet Great Again Visiting Fellowship, AG National Environmental Science Program, ANR Investissements d’Avenir ANR-11-LABX-0002-01
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2020 04:29
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3108 Plant biology > 310806 Plant physiology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960806 Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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