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We exhale the carbon dioxide that plants need for photosynthesis.
Many scientists contributed to the discovery and understanding of photosynthesis throughout the ages; in this page are outlined some of those crucial milestone experiments that contributed to this effort.
Jan Baptista van Helmont, Flemish physician, chemist, and physicist, in the 1600s carried out a famous experiment by growing a willow tree in a pot for five years.
Van Helmont and John Woodward in Photosynthesis
Van Helmont believed that water was the source of the extra mass and the plant's source of life.
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, a professor and physician at Cambridge University in the late 1600s, tried to design an experiment to test Van Helmont hypothesis that water was the source of the extra mass.
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The next person to contribute to our knowledge of plant photosynthesis and gases in general was an amazing man, Jason Priestly. Priestly, an Englishman, studied to become a minister. He met Benjamin Franklin in 1766 and a year later began an amazing series of discoveries. His accomplishments ranged from grammar to electricity to discovering gasses and he was instrumental in our understanding of the composition of water. In 1772 he presented a paper called “On different kinds of air.” At one point in his life he lived next to a brewery and noticed the gas that came out of the fermenting floated near the ground indicating they were heavier than air. This was carbon dioxide; he found a way to make it at home, mixed it with water and discovered carbonated water. He also conducted experiments with sealed containers, plants and candles, and later mice that showed plants somehow changed the air. He believed plants restored the air. His theory as to how and what happened weren’t entirely correct, but led to a later more clear understanding. Priestly had very liberal ideas for his day and eventually found the need to move to the United States where he became friends with Thomas Jefferson and spent the last 10 years of his life. He contributed a great deal more knowledge to the world and is a very interesting man to study.
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This lead van Helmont to the conclusion that the willow tree had not received nutrients from the soil, but had instead received nutrients solely from the water he had added to the soil.