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As Carbon Dioxide Goes Up, Plants’ Nutrient Content Declines
Abundant environmental CO2 can increase plant biomass and photosynthesis, but it has downsides for agriculture and ecosystems, a growing body of research finds.
As Carbon Dioxide Goes Up, Plants’ Nutrient Content Declines
As Carbon Dioxide Goes Up, Plants’ Nutrient Content Declines

Abundant environmental CO2 can increase plant biomass and photosynthesis, but it has downsides for agriculture and ecosystems, a growing body of research finds.

Abundant environmental CO2 can increase plant biomass and photosynthesis, but it has downsides for agriculture and ecosystems, a growing body of research finds.

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Climate Change Likely to Slow Plant Growth in Northern Hemisphere
Margaret Osborne | Jun 14, 2022 | 2 min read
While the higher temperatures and CO2 levels associated with climate change currently fuel plant productivity, a study finds that changing conditions could take a toll on photosynthesis rates in regions outside the Arctic within a decade.
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Contrary to Common Belief, Some Older Trees Make Fewer Seeds
Annie Melchor | Nov 1, 2021 | 2 min read
An analysis of more than half a million trees reveals that many species begin to taper off seed production once they hit a certain size.
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Image of the Day: To the Races
Chia-Yi Hou | May 17, 2019 | 1 min read
The roots of plants exposed to the hormone β-cyclocitrical grew faster than roots not treated by the hormone.
Image of the Day: Puzzle Plants
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Mar 19, 2018 | 1 min read
The jigsaw-shape cells found in the epidermis of many plants may serve to reduce mechanical stress on cell walls.
The Weird Growth Strategy of Earth’s First Trees
Shawna Williams | Oct 24, 2017 | 3 min read
Ancient fossils reveal how woodless trees got so big: by continuously ripping apart their xylem and knitting it back together.
234-Year-Old Tree Has Impressively Stable Genome
Jef Akst | Jun 20, 2017 | 1 min read
Genomic analysis of an oak tree that lived during Napoleon’s time supports the idea that plants somehow avoid the accumulation of mutations in their stem cells.
Science Your Plants!
The Scientist Staff | Jan 31, 2017 | 1 min read
CalTech researcher Elliot Meyerowitz describes how plant genetics influences growth and productivity.
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