Respiration in Plants
Do plants use oxygen for their respiration? I'm having a
large debate with my son who is also a teacher. I won't tell you who
thinks yes and who thinks no. Thank you very much!
There is NO argument. Plants have to have oxygen as well as animals to
release energy from the sugar they make from photosynthesis. They make
more than they use and hence, we are able to survive.
Plants need oxygen just as much as animals to release sugar that they make.
Plants obviously have to survive the winters in the temperate or colder
climates and at night. Photosynthesis is a separate process enabling
green plants to make sugars, but photosynthesis does not enable the plant
to release energy.
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Update: June 2012