New answers tagged photosynthesis
Check out the excellent Wikimedia picture of the carbon cycle: All the numbers are in billions of tons of carbon: white = stored, yellow = natural flux, red = human contribution. Notice that the deep ocean stores much more accessible carbon than any other carbon cycle source, and is only surpassed by the lithosphere* in overall quantity of carbon stored ...
I thought it was fairly well understood that trees make NO net contribution to the oxygen supply. As a tree (or any plant) grows, it locks carbon within itself and releases the O from the CO2 into the atmosphere. When that tree dies, it decays by being consumed. All of the C gets recombined with O2 during the decay. Therefore, a quantity of oxygen is lost ...
Hydrogen carbonate is an indicator commonly used for testing photosynthesis. It shows changes in carbon dioxide concentration in the air. You would set up the plant in a sealed system next to a tray of hydrogen carbonate indicator solution and observe the colour change.
Trees are definitely not the only source of oxygen. First, all green plants do photosynthesis, not only trees. Moreover, about half of all photosynthesis on earth is done by microorganisms in the oceans known as phytoplankton.
I am not sure which class of organisms have the highest contribution in oxygen production but diatoms do have a significant contribution. The introduction in this paper says that diatoms account for 40% of marine photosynthesis which according to this site is "1/4 of the oxygen we breathe."
71% of the earth's surface is taken up by water. Not surprisingly therefore, the seas are an important source of oxygen. National Geographic claims that photosynthesis by phytoplankton (mostly single-celled phototrophs, such as cyanobacteria, green algae and diatoms) account for half of the earth's oxygen production. The other half, they claim, is produced ...
In biology phosphorylation marks the addition of inorganic phosphate groups to proteins or other organic molecules. The phospho-group usually comes from ATP which is converted into ADP in this process. In the context of the Calvin Cycle there are two positions where molecules get phosphorylated. The first is the phosphorylation of 3-phosphogylcerate to ...
Yes, it is possible, but not necessarily the case. Non-green leaves with chlorophyl: There are leaves that don't appear green, but do have chlorophyl and therefore can conduct photosynthesis. (See, for instance, refraction effects in white caladiums or the link in the answer by Resonating). Non-green leaves without chlorophyl: There are leaves that don't ...
All photosynthesis reaction does need chlorophyll,even in cyanobacteria and algae the difference is the type of chlorophyll ( which depends on available wavelength of light and energy efficiency ) fully parasite plants on the other hand doesn't contain chlorophyll and this force them to live as parasites ( keep in mind that we do have half parasitic plants ...
Parasitic plants such as Orobanche lack chlorophyll and cannot photosynthesize. They obtain all of their energy from paratising another organism.
They do have chlorophyll, at least in general. There are a couple very rare exceptions, but if it can stand up on its own, it contains chlorophyll. The green is just washed out by a very bright red pigment.
There are several parts to my answer. First, evolution has selected the current system(s) over countless generations through natural selection. Natural selection depends on differences (major or minor) in the efficiency of various solutions (fitness) in the light (ho ho!) of the current environment. Here's where the solar energy spectrum is important as ...
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