Tree Size and Oxygen Production
Name: Candace M.
Is the giant sequoia the worlds largest oxygen producer?
Possibly helpful. The answer would depend upon whether one is looking for
oxygen produced per individual plant, or O2 produced per unit leaf area
so that the types of plants could be compared on an relative basis,
or O2 produced per individual over lifetime of organism?, etc.
Many smaller plants have high photosynthetic rates including algae and
seaweeds, also grasses and bamboos, etc.
Anthony Brach Ph.D.
If you mean the largest organism that produces oxygen, the sequoia would
be it. Some people consider a large forest of quaking aspen that came
from a single tree and where all of the trees are connected through the
roots to be the largest organism.
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