plants and carbon

Eli Hestermann ehestermann at
Thu Oct 22 08:54:44 EST 1998

Joe Studer wrote:

>         Is it accurate to say photosynthetic organisms take up Carbon 12
> preferencially to Carbon 13.

Yup, although the degree of isotopic fractionation varies.  These facts mean
that del13C can be used as a marker of diet, trophic structure, and all
sorts of other fun stuff.

Eli V. Hestermann
ehestermann at
"Vita brevis est, ars longa" - Seneca

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