- Sat Jun 29, 2013 5:30 am
Many plants will simply remain in suspended animation under a constant light source, due to the fact that many plants need to stop pfotosynthesizing to be able to use the gulcose they stored up while photosynthesizing.
If you want to know a bit of biology behind it, photosynthesis takes energy in the form of light, and stores it in the bonds of a sugar called glucose. A process called cellular respiration is the opposite of photosynthesis, so it takes glucose and breaks the bonds to release energy.
When exposed to light, plants preform photosynthesis, as attested to the fact that oxygen is released.
When not exposed to light, plants begin to preform cellular respiration to release the energy necessary for many tasks within the cell. This can be proven by the fact that plants release carbon dioxide in the dark, just like animals do all the time.
Unless cellular respiration occurs, cell division cannot physically happen. Therefore, a plant under a constant light source will never be able to grow, unless it can preform cellular respiration and photosynthesis in large amounts at the same time, which does not occur in most plants.