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Measuring physiological changes in Red Oak, Maple, and Western Red Cedar trees with our CI-340 Handheld Photosynthesis System.

Posted by: Judith Edwards
Oct. 2, 2015

The University of British Columbia's Social Ecological Economic Development Studies (SEEDS) is a program that brings together a team of students, faculty, and staff members to give students real-world experience working in sustainability.

Undergraduate students Elgan Moses and Sherry Sun are currently working under the supervision of Dr. Santokh Singh and Senior Technical staff member Mr. Jarnail Mehroke in the Department of Botany at UBC. Their SEEDS project focuses on investigating the various physiological changes including carbon sequestration and transpiration rates in leaves of Red Oak, Maple and Western Red Cedar trees growing around the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada. They are using the CI-340 Handheld Photosynthesis System to accurately measure these physiological parameters.

The project objective is to relate the net carbon sequestration rate and the transpiration rate in these tree species to the changing environmental conditions (e.g. temperature, light intensity, humidity, day length).

The results of this experiment will provide a better understanding of the impact of changing climatic conditions on the physiological performance, including carbon sequestration and transpiration in these tree species.

To review other examples of how researchers are using our CI-340 Handheld Photosynthesis System in their work, please visit the CI-340 Application Page!

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