Arundo donax L. How high photosynthetic capacity is maintained under water scarcity conditions

Elena Sánchez, Pablo Rivera-Vargas, Xavier Serrat, Salvador Nogués

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Abstract

Arundo donax L. (giant reed) is a perennial rhizomatous grass and has been identified as an important non-food biomass crop with capacity for cultivation in marginal and degraded lands where water scarcity conditions frequently occur due to climate change. This review analyzes the effect of water stress on photosynthetic capacity and biomass production in multiple giant reed ecotypes grown in different regions around the world. Furthermore, this review will attempt to explain the reason for the high photosynthetic capacity of giant reed even under changing environmental conditions as well as indicate other morphological reasons that could contribute to maintaining this high photosynthetic rate. Finally, future research in favor of selecting ecotypes with drought tolerance is proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1089
JournalAgronomy
Volume11
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Biomass
  • Climate change
  • Drought
  • Giant reed
  • Photosynthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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