Common Ecological Misconceptions

Producers (For the most part = plants)


 

Misconception

Reference*

Plants take in food from the outside environment, and/or plants get their food from the soil via roots. Bell 1985, Smith & Anderson 1984
Carbon dioxide is a source of energy for plants. Lavoie 1997
The process of photosynthesis provides plants with their energy. Lavoie 1997
Energy can be used over and over again to power the Calvin cycle. Lavoie 1997
Photosynthesis occurs in plants and respiration occurs in animals. Lavoie 1997
Respiration is the reverse of photosynthesis. Lavoie 1997
Decomposers release some energy that is cycled back to plants. Lavoie 1997
The number of producers is high to satisfy consumers. Leach et al. 1996
Plants do not live in water. Adeniyi 1985
Plants are dependent on humans, not vice versa. Eisen and Stavy 1992

 


 

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