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Postby pre_vet_gal » Wed Feb 23, 2005 4:11 pm

Do plants require oxygen to carry on living as an aerobic organism? If yes how do you explain plants as being the main sourcec of oxygen production on earth?

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Postby Poison » Wed Feb 23, 2005 4:22 pm

All organisms need oxygen for respiration.
Plants do photosynthesis and respiration during day, and only respiration during night. As a simle explanation we can say that: The amount of oxygen released is more than the amount of oxygen used. Thats why we call them the oxygen source. (but note that not only plants but all photosynthetic organisms are sources of oxygen)
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Postby thank.darwin » Wed Feb 23, 2005 5:18 pm

Right, plants use oxygen to get rid of the used hydrogen atoms by combining with them to form water.
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Postby Poison » Wed Feb 23, 2005 7:07 pm

water formation is a part of respiration (aerobic respiration) , isnt it? (actually the last part )
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Postby thank.darwin » Wed Feb 23, 2005 7:30 pm

Yes it is...
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Postby biostudent84 » Wed Feb 23, 2005 7:31 pm

Yes, Poison. Plants are about 99% self-sufficient. They are able to recycle their oxygen, carbon, and water very effectively. I think they are mainly limited by the avaliablity of nitrogen in their enviornment (They cannot use atmospheric nitrogen...it is not in the proper molecule).

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Postby mith » Wed Feb 23, 2005 8:37 pm

So plants with nitrogen fixing nodules are almost 100% self sufficient?
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Postby thank.darwin » Wed Feb 23, 2005 10:45 pm

Are there plants such as that?
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Postby mith » Thu Feb 24, 2005 12:08 am

Legumes
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Postby biostudent84 » Thu Feb 24, 2005 3:27 am

mithrilhack wrote:So plants with nitrogen fixing nodules are almost 100% self sufficient?


I would say about 99.9% then...remember, this is biology...there are always exceptions ;)
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Postby robotics » Sat Feb 26, 2005 10:26 am

Legumes is an example, mychorrizae symbiotic relationships. Another one is Frankia. In the former case it's possible by Nod gene factors.

That's often times the main reason why people use fertilizers with lots of nitrogen in its useful form since not many plants can fix nitrogen and those that do benefit by spending energy it would normally use for N fixing to other things like greater gamete size (seed production).
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Postby MrMistery » Wed Mar 09, 2005 10:06 pm

Legumes, like all plants, ARE NOT CAPABLE OF FIXING NITROGEN FROM THE ATHMOSPHERE. They live in symbiosis with a type of bacteria, called nitorgen fixing bacteria(smart name :) ). This bacteria live on the roots like parazytes, but are not considered so because they can fix nitorgen and give it to the plant. These bacteria are Rhizobium sp. The most common one is the one living on legumes, rhizobium leguminosarum
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