Percent of the carbohydrate formed in C3 photosynthesis that is lost through photorespiration

Range ~30 %
Organism Plants
Reference Long SP, Zhu XG, Naidu SL, Ort DR. Can improvement in photosynthesis increase crop yields? Plant Cell Environ. 2006 Mar29(3):315-30. p.321 left column bottom paragraphPubMed ID17080588
Primary Source Monteith J.L. (1977) Climate and the efficiency of crop production in Britain. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London 281, 277–294.
Comments "About 30% of the carbohydrate formed in C3 photosynthesis is lost through photorespiration (primary source). The loss increases with temperature so that photorespiration is a particularly significant inefficiency for C3 crops in tropical climates and during hot summer weather in temperate climates (Fig. 2)."
Entered by Uri M
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