Your first step today should be to visit your plants in the garden. Try to find your group's plants. If you can't, don't worry--the most important thing to do is to notice the changes all of the plants have experienced. Snap a few pictures with your phone's camera (or an actual camera) and then return to the classroom. Briefly discuss your observations with your group and then proceed to answer the following questions in a post titled How Does Your Garden Grow.
- How is your plant getting bigger and adding biomass? Discuss in terms of cell division (mitosis), photosynthesis, and respiration.
- Phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase (PEPC) and ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (Rubisco) are two important enzymes used in photosynthesis. Describe how your plants would make these enzymes if a signal was sent to the nucleus to produce more of them. (Hint: enzymes belong to which category of biomolecule?)
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