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When spring arrives, two primary factors create a change: the phytoplankton bloom removes CO2 from the water through photosynthesis, and the water gets warmer, making conditions more favorable for shell production.
That method often overlooks a range of factors, such as unknown natural gas leaks, traffic from outside the state, or the amount of photosynthesis by trees and other vegetation.
It's earned its name because a small amount of light penetrates the region, yet not enough for photosynthesis.
The idea is that, through photosynthesis, eelgrass can absorb carbon and fight ocean acidification — which is caused by the sea taking in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere — and counter the effects of climate change.
In plants like rice and wheat that undergo what is known as C3 photosynthesis, higher levels of carbon dioxide may spur plants to produce more carbohydrates, which dilute some of the more nutritious components.
While most plants capture energy from the sun to grow and go through photosynthesis, this flower receives nutrition from the fungus without harming it.
When limbs are removed, a lot of needles are lost where photosynthesis would have occurred.
The trees grown in warmer conditions coped just as well as the others, and photosynthesis rates bounced back to normal after the heat wave passed, Drake and his colleagues reported online in February in Global Change Biology.
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photosynthesis Has Greek Roots
The Greek roots of photosynthesis combine to produce the basic meaning "to put together with the help of light". Photosynthesis is what first produced oxygen in the atmosphere billions of years ago, and it's still what keeps it there. Sunlight splits the water molecules (made of hydrogen and oxygen) held in a plant's leaves and releases the oxygen in them into the air. The leftover hydrogen combines with carbon dioxide to produce carbohydrates, which the plant uses as food—as do any animals or humans who might eat the plant.
PHOTOSYNTHESIS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of photosynthesis for English Language Learners
biology : the process by which a green plant turns water and carbon dioxide into food when the plant is exposed to light
PHOTOSYNTHESIS Defined for Kids
Definition of photosynthesis for Students
- photosynthetic activity
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