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The Role of CO2 in Photosynthesis

Group 1 - Lorenzo Daniel L. Antonio, Paolo Carlo Calalang, Timothy Carandang, Oneil Joshua Calderon, MHAB1 Submitted to: Ma’am Elena M. Ragragio Submitted: September 20, 2012

Introduction In the process of photosynthesis of a plant, plants need raw materials such as light and CO2 are needed to complete this process. Light contains the energy needed by the plant in the process, and CO2 contains carbon needed to create sugar compounds Objectives The objective is to determine if CO2 is important and essential to the plant in the process of photosynthesis. Hypothesis Plants need to absorb CO2 in because it needs the carbon in the compound. After splitting it up, it will take carbon to create sugars and release oxygen. Methodology Materials: sprigs Hydrilla verticellata 3 test tubes Distilled water NaHCO3 Phenol red Procedure: Fill the three test tubes with distilled water and label the A, B,

and C. Then, put Hydrilla sprigs into test tubes A and B in an inverted position and add pinches of NaHCO3 to test tubes B and C. Leave the three test tubes under bright light for about 10 minutes. Determine if bubble evolution happens to the Hydrilla sprigs in test tubes A and B. Afterwards, remove the Hydrilla sprigs from test tubes A and B then add five drops of Phenol red to each test tube and shake gently. Compare the color intensities of the solutions. (Phenol red changes color to yellow) Results Bubble evolution, or the releasing of oxygen of the Hydrilla sprig, occurred on both test tubes A and B. After adding Phenol red to the three solutions, these are the results:
Table 12.3.1 The Role of CO2 in Photosynthesis

Substance Color Intensities Test tube A Yellow Test tube B Light red Test tube C Dark red Results in Table 12.3.1 show that test tube A was the most basic of the the, considering that no NaHCO3 was

which proves that the plant On another note. Discussion CO2 is very important to the plant system. After adding Phenol red to all the solutions. B. when adding NaHCO3 to water. therefore making it less acidic. we can clearly see from the solution A. This proves our hypothesis that CO2 is essential in the plant system in the photosynthetic process in order to create the necessary sugars for the plant. Botany. . and C that the plant absorbs CO2 from the solution and releases oxygen back out. The Hydrilla sprigs in test tubes A and B show the occurrence of bubble evolution. Inc. Mauseth. it is seen that solution B is less acidic than solution C. we can safely say that solutions in test tubes B and C are now acidic.added to the solution and test tube C was the most acidic of the three. The reason behind this is because the Hydrilla sprig in test tube B absorbed CO2 from the compound NaHCO3. Considering this. 2009 Jones and Bartlett Publishers. does release oxygen back into the atmosphere. In this experiment. it becomes acidic. References J. because without this it will not be able to produce sugars for the plant and oxygen for us humans in the process of photosynthesis.

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