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Chelcy Ford Miniat Chelcy Ford Miniat

Ecologist: One of my favorite recent experiences was conducting an experiment.  A group of scientists and I wanted to figure out if trees could take up carbon that is dissolved in the soil water and use it for growth and reproduction.  When we conducted this experiment, we found that trees could take up carbon through their roots and use it to grow new roots, leaves, and wood.  Trees still get most of their carbon for growth and reproduction through taking up carbon dioxide through their leaves, but they can also take up a very small percentage of carbon as bicarbonate through their roots. 

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