The acid metabolism crassulacean: diversity, environmental physiology and productivity

  • José Luis Andrade Unidad de Recursos Naturales, Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán
  • Erick de la Barrera Centro de Investigaciones en Ecosistemas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Casandra Reyes-García Unidad de Recursos Naturales, Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán
  • M. Fernanda Ricalde Unidad de Recursos Naturales, Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán
  • Gustavo Vargas-Soto Unidad de Recursos Naturales, Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán
  • J. Carlos Crevera Departamento de Ecología Tropical, Campus de Ciencias Biológicas y Agropecuarias, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán
Keywords: environmental indicators, environmental productivity index, epiphytes, microenvironments, physiological plasticity, stable isotopes

Abstract

Mexico possesses a great species diversity of Crassulacean Acid Metabolism (CAM) plants. These plants can grow in places where water is infrequent, such as arid and semi-arid zones, and tree canopies, or as aquatic plants in places with low CO2 availability. This review presents methodological, evolutionary, ecological, and physiological aspects on CAM plants. Also, it shows data from recent studies related to the environmental effect on changes in the photosynthesis CAM. Finally, we made a consideration about the lack of studies on the physiology of CAM plants in Mexico despite its enormous diversity.

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The acid metabolism crassulacean: diversity, environmental physiology and productivity
Published
2007-12-15
How to Cite
Andrade, J. L., de la Barrera, E., Reyes-García, C., Ricalde, M. F., Vargas-Soto, G., & Crevera, J. C. (2007). The acid metabolism crassulacean: diversity, environmental physiology and productivity. Botanical Sciences, (81), 37 - 50. https://doi.org/10.17129/botsci.1764
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