|Title||Development of a photosynthesis model with an emphasis on ecological applications I. Theory|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1976|
|Authors||Tenhunen JD, Yocum CS, Gates DM|
In this paper, a description of photosynthesis in a single leaf is developed that separates physiological sub-processes and that is practical to apply as an ecological tool. Temperature dependencies are emphasized with the ultimate aim of linking such a description of photosynthesis with equations describing the energy budget of particular leaves. The description of photosynthesis can be applied to C4 plants at this time and is needed to describe photosynthesis in C3 plants when photorespiration is included. If the model is used to analyze at various times the response of a plant adjusting its metabolism to changes in light, temperature, or other factors experienced during growth, we will obtain a dynamic picture of the acclimation process. It will also be possible to determine the phenotypic plasticity of particular plants with respect to the metabolic sub-processes outlined.