crassulacean acid metabolism

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crassulacean acid metabolism

[‚kras·ə¦lā·shən ¦as·əd mə′tab·ə‚liz·əm]
(botany)
A type of photosynthesis exhibited by many succulent plants in which carbon dioxide is taken up and stored during the night to allow the stomata to remain closed during the daytime, decreasing water loss. Abbreviated CAM.
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To address concerns over freshwater, engineering CAM photosynthesis into food and energy crops could reduce agricultural water use and boost crops' resilience when the water supply is less than desirable.
Malate comprises the storage carbon utilized in CAM photosynthesis, a role apparently not ascribed to the other dicarboxylic acids, which apparently are labeled in the dark by transfer of [sup.
The team is studying a variety of drought-resistant plants to unlock the mystery of CAM photosynthesis.