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Garden with Insight v1.0 Help: respiration

Respiration is the use of plant sugars to produce energy for use by the plant. All living tissue carries on respiration. The respiration process requires oxygen as shown here (in the general case):

C6H12O6 + 6O2 --> 6C02 + 6H2O + energy

Plant cells respiring in the open air have no problem acquiring the oxygen they need, but plant roots may run out of oxygen in the soil pore spaces (if the soil's porosity is low or if the soil is waterlogged).

Respiration is not explicitly modeled anywhere in this simulation. The calculation of photosynthesis includes respiration implicitly by calculating net photosynthesis, which means after respiration has been considered.

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