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Peter J. Russell + 2 others
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4th Edition
Peter J. Russell + 2 others
ISBN: 9781305389892
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Discuss Concepts If you were growing a vegetable garden, identify the factors that might affect its primary productivity. How would you increase productivity? Identify some possible consequences of your gardening activities to nearby ecosystems.

Summary Introduction

To review:

The factors that affect the primary productivity of a vegetable garden, the ways to increase the productivity, and the possible consequences of gardening activities to nearby ecosystems.

Introduction:

Plants are the producers that prepare their food by photosynthesis. Photosynthesis transform solar energy into chemical energy. Gross primary productivity, abbreviated as GPP is defined as the rate at which plants transformation of the solar energy into chemical energy occur in the plants.

Explanation

Plants prepare their food by photosynthesis. For this process, plants require carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen, which they get from water and air. In addition to these, plants require minerals, like nitrogen and phosphorus, for their growth. Thus, the productivity of growing plants in a vegetable garden depends on factors, such as light, temperature, availability of water, and nutrients.

One can increase the productivity of a cultivable land by irrigating the plants properly and adding fertilizers to supply nutrients to the plants...

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