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Several elevated concentrations of CO2 were injected into the root atmosphere to determine the influence of CO2 concentration in the soil on the growth of eggplant (Solanum melongena L.). Elevated CO2 levels in the root atmosphere consistently increased stem diameter while a significant increase in plant total dry weight and leaf area only occurred during long day/warm temperature conditions. Under periods of short days and low light levels, 15% CO2 reduced total dry weight and leaf area. Applications of 14CO2 to the root zone demonstrated that 14C eggplant roots absorb CO2 from the soil environment and translocate labeled compounds into the shoot.

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