Evolutionary Strategies of Plants: C-3, C-4 and CAM


Taya Brown




There is no denying the importance plant sciences play in the health of human kind. We eat plants in whole and processed form; eat animals that eat plants; use plant materials for paper, building materials and clothing; and create ethanol and other fuels from plant matter.

The better we understand the crops we grow, the better we are able to develop varieties and management systems efficient and productive enough to feed our growing population. As science produces data on the physiology of crop sciences we gain insight that steers breeding programs, production methods, fertilizer and pest control applications, transgenic improvements, and many other characteristics increasingly important to a food secure future.