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Ecological and evolutionary significance of crassulacean acid metabolism in the montane genus puya (Bromeliaceae)

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Little is known about the evolution and ecology of crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) in the genus Puya Molina. CAM is a photosynthetic pathway typified by nocturnal CO2 fixation and is regarded as a water-saving mechanism. Puya is one of the largest genera in the pineapple family (Bromeliaceae), with 226 species distributed across the Andes to Costa Rica and the Guiana Shield, and from sea level to 5000 m. About 21% of Puya species are CAM and at...

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University of Oxford, Plant Sciences
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Juan David Beltran
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Juan David Beltran
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