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According to this news article, in a NASA experiment one man survived for 15 days in a sealed chamber containing 30,000 small wheat plants. If you read the article you will find that this did not produce a completely balanced system - some excess oxygen had to be removed, and some extra CO2 had to be pumped in.
Good question! The way that the carbon budget stays balanced was a bit of a mystery until recently. The amount of carbon in the atmosphere (and the rate at which it was increasing) was lower than models suggested that it should be, given rates of photosynthesis, respiration, and other carbon releasing processes. Somewhere, there was a "missing carbon sink" ...
It turns out that the so-called light independent reactions are not light-independent at all: there are several regulatory mechanisms in place to prevent the turning of the Calvin Cycle when there is no light energy available to produce ATP/NADPH. The hypothetical situation you described in your question demonstrates the necessity of such regulation. The ...
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