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  • Giant reed is a photosynthetic outlier, study finds

    Arundo donax, also known as giant reed, grows abundantly in the Mediterranean climate zones of the world. 

    Photo by Lauren Quinn


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  • Editor’s notes:

    To reach Stephen P. Long, call 217-244-0881; email

    The paper “High C3 photosynthetic capacity and high intrinsic water use efficiency underlies the high productivity of the bioenergy grass Arundo donax” is available online or from the U. of I. News Bureau