It seems that the ability of plants to counteract the greenhouse effect has been overestimated. Rather, the research suggest that changes in atmospheric conditions have a detrimental effect on plants that are not previously believed. Research has the McGill University show that a growing rate of CO2 reduces algae growth. Conducted by biologist Graham Bell, research is based on the response of algae to elevated concentrations of carbon dioxide. The results show that algae can not adapt to conditions of high levels of CO2.
According to Bell, this finding applies to other plant species. This refutes the presumption that plants can use the surplus CO2 the environment. By the next century we will see probably a considerable change in all plants (including agricultural species) as and as the use of oil increases and generates levels CO2 increasingly high.
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