cell size

Structural organization of the spongy mesophyll

Many plant leaves have two layers of photosynthetic tissue: the palisade and spongy meso- phyll. Whereas palisade mesophyll consists of tightly packed columnar cells, the structure of spongy mesophyll is not well characterized and often treated as a …

New paper showing genome downsizing critical to enabling higher mesophyll conductance

Genome size coordinates cell sizes and packing densities throughout the leaf

Genome Size-Cell Size Allometry

Genome size links informational, structural, and functional dimensions of life

Mesophyll Biomechanics

Characterizing the development, structure, and function of the mesophyll in leaves and flowers

The scaling of genome size and cell size limits maximum rates of photosynthesis with implications for ecological strategies

A central challenge in plant ecology is to define the major axes of plant functional variation with direct con- sequences for fitness. Central to the three main components of plant fitness (growth, survival, and reproduction) is the rate of metabolic …

Genome downsizing, physiological novelty, and the global dominance of flowering plants

The abrupt origin and rapid diversification of the flowering plants during the Cretaceous has long been considered an “abominable mystery.” While the cause of their high diversity has been attributed largely to coevolution with pollinators and …