genome size

New paper showing genome downsizing critical to enabling higher mesophyll conductance

Genome size coordinates cell sizes and packing densities throughout the leaf

Maximum CO2 diffusion inside leaves is limited by the scaling of cell size and genome size

Maintaining high rates of photosynthesis in leaves requires efficient move- ment of CO2 from the atmosphere to the mesophyll cells inside the leaf where CO2 is converted into sugar. CO2 diffusion inside the leaf depends directly on the structure of …

Genome Size

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

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 …