Overturning textbook knowledge, Rick Wehr from the Saleskalab, working with colleagues from Harvard University, Woods hole, and Aerodyne research, discovered that the trees “exhale” (or respire) less carbon dioxide during the day than previously thought, and that forest photosynthesis doesn’t decline over the course of the summer. The results close a longstanding gap in our understanding of the carbon cycling between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere and could be useful in making more accurate models to predict the long-term effects of global climate change. Our superb team on this paper included Bill Munger and Steve Wofsy from Harvard University, Eric Davidson from University of Maryland, and Barry McManus, David Nelson and Mark Zahniser all from Aerodyne Research.
To read the article here (or click on the title above): http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v534/n7609/full/nature17966.html
EurekAlert!, June 29, 2016: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/uoa-waf062716.php