the phase of photosynthesis, not requiring light, in which carbohydrates are synthesized from carbon dioxide.
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How to use dark reaction in a sentence
The Calvin cycle is sometimes also called the dark reaction because none of its steps require light.
But no special apparatus is required to show the dark reaction.
The dark reaction known as the Charpentier effect occurs at the beginning of a period of illumination.
There is also a dark reaction of very short duration at the end of a period of illumination.
British Dictionary definitions for dark reaction
botany the stage of photosynthesis involving the reduction of carbon dioxide and the dissociation of water, using chemical energy stored in ATP: does not require the presence of light: Compare light reaction
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Scientific definitions for dark reaction
Any of the chemical reactions that take place during the second stage of photosynthesis and do not require light. During the dark reactions, energy released from ATP (created by the light reactions) drives the fixation of carbon from carbon dioxide in organic molecules. The Calvin cycle forms part of the dark reactions. As long as ATP is available, the dark reactions can occur in darkness or in light. Compare light reaction. See more at Calvin cycle photosynthesis.
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