Wood made from water? An introduction to photosynthesis based on a historical error

Wrigley, Colin (2012) Wood made from water? An introduction to photosynthesis based on a historical error. Teaching Science, 58 3: 53-54.

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Author Wrigley, Colin
Title Wood made from water? An introduction to photosynthesis based on a historical error
Journal name Teaching Science
ISSN 1449-6313
1839-2946
Publication date 2012-09-30
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 58
Issue 3
Start page 53
End page 54
Total pages 2
Place of publication Deakin West, ACT Australia
Publisher Australian Science Teachers Association
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Three and a half centuries ago, a five-year experiment was conducted involving the growth of a willow tree in a pot which received only water. The conclusion, that a tree Is therefore made solely from water, was not so ridiculous when there was still general acceptance of the Aristotelian view of only four 'elements': water, earth, fire and air. The error of the conclusion leads students straight into a discussion of carbon dioxide as the real basis of the tree's growth via photosynthesis and consideration of the carbon cycle.
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Created: Thu, 11 Oct 2012, 13:15:21 EST by Colin Walter Wrigley on behalf of Qld Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation