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    Explain the process of CAM photosynthesis using native plants as examples of the process in action.

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    Problem: Explain the process of CAM photosynthesis using native plants as examples of the process in action.

    Solution:
    CAM stands for Crassulacean acid metabolism and is an adaptation seen in plants that grow in arid (dry) conditions. The pineapple is an excellent example.

    In order to conserve water, the pineapple keeps its stomata closed during the day and only opens them during the night. This also means that the pineapple cannot absorb carbon dioxide during the day and must do ...

    Solution Summary

    This solution provides a look at the differences/similarities between CAM and C4 photosynthesis. It also explores why a plant might use one system over another. The concepts discussed in the posting include metabolism, Crassulacean acid metabolism, water conversation, PEP reactions, and the differences between day and night. The explanation is given in 322 words.

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