What is the source of carbon that is assimilated in photosynthesis?
The effect of light on photosynthesis has a clear saturating pattern: more light results in more photosynthesis but eventually leaves cannot take full advantage of all the extra light.
A complex microbiota lives belowground, releasing carbon dioxide to the soil.
In general, the more carbon dioxide that is available to the plant, the faster the rate of photosynthesis - if other factors are favourable.
To transform atmospheric CO2 into organic molecules, plants can use the energy from
High soil moisture leads to decreased photosynthesis.
In boreal upland forests, low soil moisture decreases the rate of photosynthesis.
Almost half of the total biomass of a tree may be allocated to the roots.
Plant respiration captures CO2.
Unlike photosynhesis, plant respiration captures atmospheric oxygen and releases carbon dioxide.
Early spring is a tricky time for plants due to the combination of sunny but still quite cold days.
When there is low soil moisture, plants close its stomata pores which then decreases photosynthesis.
As plants respire, they release
Photosynthesis releases oxygen whereas respiration releases CO2.
Carbon becomes locked as part of the accumulating plant biomass as plants grow.
De-hardening in spring involves gradual re-hydration of the cells, recovery of photosynthetic capacity and a tight control of water loss.
Photosynthesis of a tree canopy is driven or influenced by
the total leaf area (LAI).
soil moisture (REW).
photosynthetically active solar radiation (PAR).
air humidity (VPD).
air temperature (T).
Plants open its stomata to avoid losing too much water.
Plant closes its stomata to avoid losing too much water.