• Monoterpene measures how certain forests respond to heat stress

    6 days ago - By Phys.org

    In the tropics, forests consume large amounts of carbon dioxide through photosynthesis. Elevated temperatures suppress carbon dioxide absorption while promoting plants to emit the chemical monoterpene. Scientists found that the chemical can be used to take the forest's temperature. Why? A monoterpene "thermometer" changes in response to heat but not time or space.
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