The process by which light energy is harnessed to assemble organic compounds (esp. glucose) from inorganic carbon dioxide.

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Why are oceans said to have “low productivity” in terms of photosynthesis?

80% of the world's photosynthesis takes place in the ocean. Despite this, oceans are also said to have low productivity - they cover 75% of the earth's surface, but out of the annual 170 billion ...
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How can I estimate the CO₂ uptake of a plant?

I would like to make an estimation of the CO2 uptake of plants I cultivate, including, lettuce and aromatic herbs, such as thyme, basil, rosemary. What I want is to end up with a rough indicator for ...
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Is volume preserved in the usual photosynthesis reaction equation?

Is volume preserved in the usual photosynthesis reaction equation? 6CO2 + 6H20 --> C6H12O6 + 6O2 When I compute volume of LHS, I get 2.21 x 10^-19 cm^3 ...
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How does a garlic clove thrive inside a closed refrigerator?

A garlic clove has been growing very well inside a closed refrigerator. It has developed beautiful green stalks, which I think are the equivalent of leafs. Since they are green, I assume they ...
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Where can I get numerical data for the PAR (photosynthetically active radiation) curve?

I'm trying to do some rough figuring to calculating efficiencies of various light sources for growing plants. I'm hampered, however, by the lack of a curve to multiply by the spectrum of light ...
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Are plants really oxygen neutral?

This accepted and most upvoted answer to the question Does grass alone produce enough oxygen for life? claims that plants are oxygen neutral: Plants are oxygen neutral The question wording is a ...
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Behavior of plant guard cells: open or closed stomata

On an exam of mine, I had the following question: The interaction between the guard cells and stomata in a plant leaf can be seen in the diagram below. In which scenario could the guard ...
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Experiment to show that carbon dioxide is needed for photosynthesis

In my school test, the question is as follows: Will the experiment work satisfactorily? What alterations can you make to obtain expected result? What I wrote: Yes, it will work satisfactorily. ...
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Photosynthetic efficiency and light harvesting efficiency

Is there some sort of measure of the light harvesting efficiency (possibly like transfer time) that is directly related to the photosynthetic efficiency in some sort of equation? Also, how important ...
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Is there a plant particularly suitable for absorbing Hydrogen Sulfide

I live in an area with some open sewers and in the morning I can usually can smell the gas inside my house. There are many plants like snake plant which improve indoor air quality but I was ...
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Can Galactose be synthesized with photosynthesis?

I know that galactose can be found in sugar beets and some gums so I thought plants could synthesize galactose but in my book the answer to the question "Which of these can be synthesized with ...
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Opening and Closing of stomata

Which is the more accepted theory for the opening and Closing of stomata : the sugar concentration theory or the k+ ion theory ?
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Can you grow more Biomass in a brickhouse only powered by solar cells than in a greenhouse? Will we ever be able to?

So I asked following question some physicists but they couldn't really help me though: Right now I read that 1m² of solar cells generates roughly 100Watts of energy. There are really efficient ...
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Trouble understanding how uncouplers in the thylakoid membrane increase the rates of the Electron transport chain?

I am a undergrad in a cell physiology class and just did a learning exercise involving testing rates of the electron transport chain via the reduction of DCPIP, analyzed by spectrophotometry. ( I ...
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Can photosyntetic cells be genetically modified to grow at a faster rate?

I hope the question is not silly, but I wonder if a sort of genetically modified plant "cancer" could be used for carbon sequestration. For example, cancer cells like HeLa have been reproduced in tons,...
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Why does low temperature make RuBP, GP and TP concentrations fall in Calvin cycle?

In my A level revision guide and places on the internet it states that at low temperatures levels of RuBP, GP and TP all fall. However I don't quite understand how this is the case, because as far as ...
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anabolism in plants

The question is as following: Which substance has the greatest contribution to the anabolism of glucose in plants. A- Oxygen (O2). B- Water (H2O). C- carbon dioxide (CO2). The official answer given ...
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“CO2 is plant food” - What is the actual effect of increased CO2 on plant growth?

A frequent talking point by global warming deniers is that CO2 in the atmosphere is actually beneficial because "CO2 is plant food". I'm a non biologist trying to figure out under what circumstances ...
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How does plant life obey the constraint that the change in Gibbs free energy in a reaction must be negative?

My understanding is that if a reaction takes place, either entropy of the system must rise, or energy must be released from the system as heat, or both. (Citation: paraphrasing from The Vital Question,...
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How does an increase in CO2 concentration affect Photosynthesis and Transpiration

I noticed a strange thing in my book. At one place it says that an increase in CO$_2$ concentration in the outside air decreases the rate of transpiration but at the other place it says that an ...
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Photosynthetic Absorption Spectrum - Pigment vs. Absorption Spectrum

This is a very confusing question to me that came up while I was studying photosynthesis. Halobacterium has a photosynthetic membrane that is colored purple. Its photosynthetic action spectrum is ...
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How do CAM plants keep stomata closed by day and open at night?

I understand how plants open stomata, with the H+ ion removal and the resulting K+ ion influx in the guard cells to induce turgor (wikipedia article here), though not how this process relates to ...
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About electrons returning to photosystem I when supply of NADP runs out in photosynthesis

According to my textbook, in photosynthesis, when the supply of NADP runs out, electrons from photosystem I return to the electron transport chain that links the 2 photosystems and flow back to ...
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Lighting device efficacy for plant growth

Background Consider the following technologies: 100 lm/W OLED (2008, source) 303 lm/W LED (2014, source) 94 lm/W LEP (2015, source) For growing food, the preferred measurement is ...
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pH concentrations during photosynthesis

I'm studying for an AP Bio exam and had the following question: Which of the following parts of an illuminated plant cell would you expect to have the lowest pH? (A) Stroma (B) Cytosol ...
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How to calculate PAR and aPAR from reflected + incoming radiance

i have measured the reflected radiance of a plant and the incoming radiance with a point spectrometer from 300 to 700 nm in 1nm increments. How can i calculate photosynthetically active radiation (PAR)...
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The definition of leaf area index

In many textbooks, leaf area index (LAI) is defined as the total leaf area per unit ground area. I want to know LAI is defined only by leaves that are directly above the ground (e.g., perpendicular ...
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Synthetic carbon fixation pathways

Have there been carbon fixation pathways of, in particular, oxygen-producing bacteria, that have been replicated in the lab or at least the enzymes for the pathways have been successfully produced in ...