Interactive Effects of CO2 and Pathogens on Agricultural Plants

By | March 30, 2012

 

 

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As the air’s CO2 content continues to rise, nearly all of Earth’s plants should continue to exhibit increasing rates of photosynthesis and, as a result, increased biomass production. But what about plants that are suffering from various pathogen-induced diseases? Will they be able to reap the benefits of the many positive effects of atmospheric CO2 enrichment? We have previously investigated this possibility with respect to Earth’s trees and legumes. Here we do it for a number of other agricultural plants.

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