The Keeling Curve has displayed an exponential increase in carbon dioxide within the earth’s atmosphere since the late 1950’s. Scientists have heatedly debated the effects that will occur as a result of this relatively new phenomenon (since the Industrial Revolution of America). We tested the effect of increased carbon dioxide levels on plant life, Malosma laurina, in particular. Our experiment involved the application of 400 PPM of carbon dioxide into different specimens of M. laurina and 800 PPM of carbon dioxide into the same specimens. We then recorded the rate of photosynthesis, conductance results, and levels of internal carbon dioxide. Results displayed that plants experience a higher rate of photosynthesis when they are exposed to higher levels of carbon dioxide. This information is vital to the scientific community because both scientists and botanists can utilize this information to produce plants more efficiently.
Lawlor, John A.; Zierman-Felix, Dustyn T.; and Schlagel, Michael P., "Varying Carbon Dioxide Levels and its Effects on Malsoma laurina’s Photosynthetic Rate" (2013). Pepperdine University, Featured Research. Paper 128.