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BioQUEST Cirriculum Consortium Symposium

Grossman, Yaffa [1].

Integrating Photosynthesis, Respiration, and Growth: An Excel-based Simulation of Wisconsin Fast Plant Growth.

Beloit College students explored the linkages among photosynthesis, respiration, and plant growth by developing an Excel-based simulation model of plant growth. The model tests the hypothesis that the empirically determined daily organ growth potential (the daily maximum irreversible increase in organ dry mass), together with information about light availability, leaf-level photosynthetic rate, and organ respiration rates can be used to simulate plant growth. The model was parameterized using plants grown under 24 hour illumination for the first 12 days after planting. The pattern of simulated mass accumulation under 14 hours of light and 10 hours of darkness corresponded well to measured accumulation.


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1 - Beloit College, Biology, 700 College Street, Beloit, WI, 53511, USA

Keywords:
Wisconsin Fast Plants
Excel Model
Plant Growth.

Presentation Type: Education Forum Session:Breakout Session
Session: F4
Location: Stevens 1/Hilton
Date: Sunday, July 8th, 2007
Time: 10:15 AM
Number: F4002
Abstract ID:1170


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