Photosynthesis Part 5: C4 and CAM - YouTube
C3, C4, and CAM Photosynthesis Flashcards | Quizlet
The acidity was found to arise from the opening of their stomata at night to take in CO2 and fix it into malic acid for storage in the large vacuoles of their photosynthetic cells. It could drop the pH to 4 with a malic acid concentration up to 0.3M . Then in the heat of the day, the stomata close tightly to conserve water and the malic acid is decarboxylated to release the CO2 for fixing by the Calvin cycle. PEP is used for the initial short-term carbon fixation as in the , but the entire chain of reactions occurs in the same cell rather than handing off to a separate cell as with the C4 plants. In the CAM strategy, the processes are separated temporally, the initial CO2 fixation at night, and the malic acid to Calvin cycle part taking place during the day.
C4 and CAM Photosynthesis - Mrs. Swartz's Biology Site
The sketch below of the day-night cycle of the CAM plants is patterned after Moore, et al. The name Crassulacean Acid Metabolism came from the fact that this strategy was discovered in a member of the Crassulaceae which was observed to become very acidic at night and progressively more basic during the day.