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What is meant by CAM plants?

Crassulacean acid metabolism, also known as CAM photosynthesis, is a carbon fixation pathway that evolved in some plants as an adaptation to arid conditions. In a plant using full CAM, the stomata in the leaves remain shut during the day to reduce evapotranspiration, but open at night to collect carbon dioxide (CO.

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Besides, how do CAM plants survive?

A plant in an arid environment has to hold onto all the water that it can! So, it must deal with photosynthesis in a different way. CAM plants need to open the stomata at night when there is less of a chance of water loss via transpiration. The plant can still take in CO2 at night.

Likewise, what is the role of a CAM plant? CAM plants temporally separate carbon fixation and the Calvin cycle. Carbon dioxide diffuses into leaves during the night (when stomata are open) and is fixed into oxaloacetate by PEP carboxylase, which attaches the carbon dioxide to the three-carbon molecule PEP.

Also, what are CAM plants and what is their advantage?

Crassulacean Acid Metabolism (CAM) has the advantage of essentially eliminating evapotranspiration through a plants stomata (water loss through gas exchange) during the day, allowing CAM plants to survive in inhospitable climates where water loss is a major limiting factor to plant growth.

What is a CAM plant examples?

Examples of CAM Plants. Specific examples of CAM plants are the jade plant (Crassula argentea), Aeonium, Echeveria, Kalanchoe, and Sedum of the family Crassulaceae, pineapple (Ananas comosus), Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides), cacti, orchids, Agave, and wax plant (Hoya carnosa, family Apocynaceae).

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