Environmental & Climate Sciences Department Seminar

"Thermal acclimation of photosynthesis: patterns and diversity of plant responses to warming"

Presented by Danielle Way, Western University, Canada

Thursday, October 1, 2020, 11:00 am — Blue Jeans

Climate change will increase global temperatures 3-4 degrees C by 2100. This warming will affect photosynthesis, a temperature-sensitive process that helps dictate plant growth. Warming-induced shifts in photosynthesis also affect the global carbon cycle, mitigating or accelerating further climate change. Understanding how photosynthesis acclimates to future temperatures is therefore critical for accurately predicting the trajectory of future climate change, as well as for estimating plant productivity in a warmer world. I'll discuss how elevated growth temperatures impact photosynthesis, using meta-analyses, modeling and results from my lab, highlighting both what we know and the key questions that remain to be answered.

Hosted by: Alistair Rogers

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