Although such plants do still use the Calvin cycle of normal C3 plants, their additional enzymes cause them to be classified as C4 or CAM plants.
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The Story of the Calvin Cycle Here's the story of RuBP Who was floating in the stroma on its own.
The regeneration steps demonstrate how the 3-carbon aldehydes join and split through a series of reactions that involve 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7-carbon compounds to yield the regenerated RuBPs in the final step of the Calvin cycle.
Following the musical, there is a quick review of the major steps of the Calvin cycle and their relation to internal anatomy of the leaf and the photochemical reactions in the thylakoids.
Why is it important for the plant to use some of the 3-carbon aldehyde (glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate) that is produced in the Calvin cycle to make more 5-carbon RuBP (Ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate)?
This question requires students to think of the overall picture of photosynthesis, and their knowledge of both the Calvin cycle and the photochemical reactions.
I compared the performance of the students who had learned about the Calvin cycle through the standard methods of review with textbook diagrams when I did not use this musical in my classes (a total of 111 students from six classes) to those who had been additionally exposed to this in-class activity (a total of 22 students from one class).
I have found these plays, together with a review of the steps of the Calvin cycle and the importance of each step, to be a helpful strategy to engage the students in the learning process and to impress upon the students the importance of the biochemical steps involved and the interrelationship between anatomy (the open stomata and the internal leaf structure) and physiology (gas exchange and carbon fixation)