Benefits of Atmospheric C02 Enrichment on Maize

By | December 31, 2015


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Nearly all agricultural species — including C4 plants — respond positively to increases in the air’s CO2 content by displaying enhanced rates of photosynthesis and biomass production, as well as higher rates of water use efficiency. This summary reviews some of the impacts of these and other related phenomena as they pertain to the C4 crop species of corn (Zea mays L.), or maize as it is often called.