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What is the compensation point?

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This is a biological term which simply denotes the point at which there is just enough light available (and hence photons for photosynthesis to occur) for a plant to survive.

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Compensation point is defined as the intensity of light at which the rate of photosynthesis is equal to the rate of respiration in plants. So, the oxygen produced during photosynthesis is used up in respiration, there is no exchange of gas between the plant and the atmosphere.
By: Gayathri.S

Date of comment: Sat, Mar 1st 2008

The Compensation Point is the point at which Photosynthesis and Respiration are in balance, so (in a perfect world) the amount of oxygen being produced by photosynthesis will just balance the amount being used by respiration.
By: Katie Hunt

Date of comment: Wed, Feb 22nd 2006

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