Jun 28, 2022

Plants Appear to Be Breaking Biochemistry Rules

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Researchers have just discovered a previously unknown process that makes sense of the ‘secret decisions’ plants make when releasing carbon back into the atmosphere.

“We found that plants control their respiration in a way we did not expect, they control how much of the carbon from photosynthesis they keep to build biomass by using a metabolic channel,” University of Western Australia plant biochemist Harvey Millar told ScienceAlert.

“This happens right as the step before they decide to burn a compound called pyruvate to make and release CO2 back to the atmosphere.”

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