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  •  Let's see, I consume oxygen and convert it to CO2 (3+ / 0-)
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    rb608, Eikyu Saha, Amber6541

    Yep, I'm an animal.

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    by anonevent on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 08:06:40 PM PST

    •  Plants do that at night (2+ / 0-)
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      So I don't see how that proves you're not a plant.  Perhaps you're a fir tree that can type?

      •  (Nearly all) plants convert CO2 (and water) to (1+ / 0-)
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        oxygen and sugar.

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        by dinotrac on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 04:31:17 AM PST

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        •  Sorry for being pedantic (1+ / 0-)
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          but this is such a common misconception among biology students that I can't resist.

          Plants do both.  Their cells oxidize organic molecules to generate ATP (i.e. useable energy) and give off CO2 as a waste product while consuming O2.  Cellular respiration just like animals.

          Plants also perform photosynthesis which is essentially the same process in reverse.  Overall they do more photosynthesis than respiration (hence plants grow and reproduce) but they definitely do both processes.

          As demimondian points out plants are net consumers of O2 and producers of O2 at night.

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          by matching mole on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 07:22:36 AM PST

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