Two distinct plant respiratory physiotypes might exist which correspond to fast-growing and slow-growing species.
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The origin of the carbon atoms in CO2 respired by leaves in the dark of several plant species has been studied using 13C/12C stable isotopes. This study was conducted using an open gas exchange system for isotope labeling that was coupled to an elemental analyser and further linked to an isotope ratio mass spectrometer (EA-IRMS) or coupled to a gas chromatography-combustion-isotope ratio mass spectrometer (GC-C-IRMS). We demonstrate here that the carbon, which is recently assimilated during photosynthesis, accounts for nearly ca. 50% of the carbon in the CO2 lost through dark respiration after illumination in fast-growing and cultivated plants and trees and, accounts for only ca. 10% in slow-growing plants.
CitationNogués, S. [et al.]. Two distinct plant respiratory physiotypes might exist which correspond to fast-growing and slow-growing species. "Journal of plant physiology", Agost 2014, vol. 171, núm. 13, p. 1157-1163.