C3 Plants

C3 Plant

A C3 plant is one that uses the C3 Carbon Fixation pathways as the main mechanism to convert CO2 into an organic compound. These plants use the enzyme ribulosodiphosphatcarboxylase (RuDP carboxylase) to accept free roaming carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The product of photosynthesis for these type of plants is phosphoglycerat. The reason for the name of these types of plants being called C3 is due to the plant containing 3 carbon atoms for its carbon fixation process. Some examples of C3 plants include grapes, bamboo, wheat, rice etc…




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