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If all oxygen was removed would a plant be able to survive and why?
Question Date: 2019-12-03
Answer 1:

Plants could live if all the oxygen were removed IF they had the light, water, and carbon dioxide needed to do photosynthesis. BUT they probably could not survive if the oxygen were not allowed to build up again. As you may know, when plants do photosynthesis, they use the energy in light to put the matter in water and carbon dioxide together into carbohydrates like sugar. Oxygen is a byproduct of photosynthesis.

Here’s the part that most people don’t get. Plants have to do cellular respiration too, just like us animals. Photosynthesis happens only in specific cells, like some of the cells within the leaves of trees.

As I look out my window, I see trees with no leaves. Those trees are not dead, so where are they getting the energy to stay alive? They’re breaking down the sugars they made when their leaves were doing photosynthesis. In cellular respiration, oxygen is needed to allow the sugar to be broken back down into carbon dioxide and water, which will release the energy needed by all cells to stay alive.

Look out your window at a tree or imagine one. How much of that tree can do photosynthesis, even when the tree has leaves? Only a small fraction of the total number of cells can. Many of the cells are never even exposed to light. Even the cells that can do photosynthesis don’t have light all the time. When it’s night, or cloudy, or that particular leaf is in the shade, it’s all cellular respiration.

The first stage of cellular respiration (glycolysis) doesn’t require oxygen, but it only releases about 2 energy units compared to about 36 energy units from doing all the stages. If you imagine getting only about 1/18 of your normal food intake, you can see how this would be a problem for a plant.

How do oxygen and carbon dioxide get in and out of the plant’s leaves and cells?

Thanks for asking,

Answer 2:

Plants need oxygen to survive. During the day, plants can use sunlight and carbon dioxide to produce energy that they need to survive and grow. At night, however, plants do not have sunlight as an essential energy source, and must rely on oxygen as well as their storage of sugars to produce the energy they need. If oxygen were removed completely, plants would not be able to produce energy at night to survive and grow.

Answer 3:

If it were during the daytime that all oxygen was removed, a plant maybe able to survive, because the plant would be able to keep itself alive from energy from the sun. At night, however, the plant would die. This is because at night plants burn sugars to get the energy that they need, just like you do. They can only live on sunlight when the sun is up.

Answer 4:

Is Oxygen Necessary for Plants? Yes, it is. Plants need oxygen to survive, and plant cells are constantly using oxygen. Under certain circumstances, plant cells need to take in more oxygen from the air than they generate themselves. So, if plants generate oxygen through photosynthesis, why do plants need oxygen? The reason is that plants respire, too, just like animals. Respiration doesn’t just mean “breathing.” It is a process that all living things use to release energy for use in their cells.

Respiration in plants is like photosynthesis run backwards: instead of capturing energy by manufacturing sugars and releasing oxygen, cells release energy for their own use by breaking down sugars and using up oxygen.

Read more at Gardening Know How: Oxygen For Plants – Can Plants Live Without Oxygen? Here.

"The answer is that all plant cells need oxygen to live, because without oxygen they can't perform aerobic respiration (respiration is the process of breaking down food to get energy). ScienceLine Dec 16 2004.

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