crassulacean acid metabolism

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crassulacean acid metabolism

(ˌkræsjʊˈleɪʃən)
n
(Botany) the full name for CAM3
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The CAM pathway is one of the most important adaptations of some epiphytic ferns to water deficit.
The CAM pathway (Crassu-lacean Acid Metabolism) was first discovered in members of the succulent family Crassulaceae.
Other characteristics often associated with CAM--such as preference for arid habitats, leaf succulence, diel pattern of high stomatal conductance at night and low daytime conductance, stoichiometry of (1:2:1) for (dark-[CO.sup.2] uptake: [Delta][H.sup.+]:[Delta]malate), the daytime suppression of [Beta]-carboxylation, pyruvate [P.sub.i] dikinase activity, among others--are not strictly associated with the CAM pathway, in either terrestrial or aquatic floras.