Photosynthesis and metabolism in seagrasses at the cellular level

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Seagrasses: Biology, Ecology and Conservation, 2006, pp. 323 - 345
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2006-12-01
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Seagrasses are marine angiosperms from the Families Potamagetonaceae and Hydrocharitaceae (Chapter 1). These are by origin land plants that developed both aerial photosynthesis and aerial flowering and then returned to a successful fully submerged marine habitat, from where their algal forbears derived. Following the evolution of land plants there have been few developments in terms of photosynthesis: the only outstanding developments being adaptations to arid conditions, such as the development of C4photosynthesis in semi-arid plants and Crassulacean Acid Metabolism (CAM) in plants from desert regions (Bowes et al. 2002). © 2006/2007 Springer. All Rights Reserved.
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