Carbon Release in Plants
Do plants release any carbon into the environment?
Yes, although plants convert carbon dioxide into sugars and starches
through photosynthesis, plants also undergo respiration (most plants
respire at night) releasing carbon dioxide
and plants also release methane into the atmosphere:
Of course, fossil fuel burning releases carbon compounds originally
from plants millions of years ago.
Anthony R. Brach, PhD
Missouri Botanical Garden
Harvard University Herbaria
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Update: June 2012