C3 Plant Photosynthesis

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Multiple mechanisms are taken place in different types of plants to maintain the efficacy of photosynthesis. Plants fall within three categories: C3 plants, C4 plants, or CAM plants. C3 plants are the most common type of plant, C4 plants consist of mainly tropical plants, and CAM plants are succulents, such as cacti, which are found in arid and hot environments, such as the deserts. Each one of these plants have a specific enzyme in which it binds atmospheric carbon dioxide, with high affinity, in order to produce one molecule of glucose. The enzyme associated with C3 plants that converts carbon dioxide into glucose is known as ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase, RuBisCo.
This enzyme is regulated by carbon dioxide and oxygen,
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Since C3 plants do not contain CCM, the proposed question(s) were whether the efficacy of RuBisCo increases within C3 plants if CCM were present in these plants; would the absorption of CO2 increase, which means CO2 will bind to RuBisCo at a higher affinity; and are emissions, such as CO2, lowered. The proposed question was tested through the use of a NetLogo model, in which different variables and parameters were present. As a basis, the NetLogo model kept track of the amount of oxygen emitted in grams, the amount of glucose produced in grams, and the amount of carbon dioxide absorbed in grams by one tree. These emissions were monitored for one day, where three ticks would equal one …show more content…
With the carbon concentrating mechanism at 87.5% effectiveness, the average amount of carbon dioxide absorbed was 24,900.23 grams per year, the amount of oxygen emitted was 134,703.1 grams per year, and the amount of glucose produced was 16,938.48 grams per year. This showed an overall average increase of 14.2965% absorption of carbon dioxide. With the carbon concentrating mechanism at 100% effectiveness, which was run with several trials, the average amount of carbon dioxide absorbed was 29,039.04 grams per year, the amount of oxygen emitted was 157,093.4 grams per year, and the amount of glucose produced was 19,754.17 grams per year, for an overall average increase of absorption of carbon dioxide at

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