Interactive effects of high temperature and elevated carbon dioxide on tropical tree seedlings

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Interactive effects of high temperature and elevated carbon dioxide on tropical tree seedlings

Title of Project

Interactive effects of high temperature and elevated carbon dioxide on tropical tree seedlings

Name of Advisor/s

Lucas Cernusak

College

College of Science & Engineering

Summary of Project

It has been argued that lowland tropical forests are near a high temperature threshold, and that global warming could cause the productivity and biomass of these forests to decline.  However, as global temperatures rise, the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide will also continue to increase.  Elevated carbon dioxide enables more efficient photosynthesis in tree leaves, and could ameliorate the negative effects of high temperature stress. This project will test the interactive effects of elevated temperature and elevated carbon dioxide on photosynthesis and growth of tropical tree seedlings.  

Key Words

elevated CO2, plant physiology

Would suit an applicant who

Has an interest in global change and tropical plants