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Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2012 Jun;15(3):308-14. doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2011.12.003. Epub 2012 Jan 11.

Respiratory carbon fluxes in leaves.

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Institut de Biologie des Plantes, CNRS UMR 8618, Université Paris-Sud, Orsay Cedex, France.


Leaf respiration is a major metabolic process that drives energy production and growth. Earlier works in this field were focused on the measurement of respiration rates in relation to carbohydrate content, photosynthesis, enzymatic activities or nitrogen content. Recently, several studies have shed light on the mechanisms describing the regulation of respiration in the light and in the dark and on associated metabolic flux patterns. This review will highlight advances made into characterizing respiratory fluxes and provide a discussion of metabolic respiration dynamics in relation to important biological functions.

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