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(Rob G) I was interested that a C3-CAM hybrid leads to phenotypes/physiologies that have intermediate functions. I wondered if one could potentially engineer drought resistance into crop species - I realize Yucca is a special case given CAM arose in a subclade, but it seems like the metabolic pathway could be transferable even in less closely related species. But I also imagine there could be downsides or trade-offs too. Is such engineering something people have thought about and are there downsides?
super fascinating, thanks!
interesting, thanks Jim!