The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening Science - Soils, Manure and the Environment
Chapter: Chapter 4: Weather and Climate

Oxygen and vegetable growth

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1361. Oxygen is necessary to some functions of vegetables; but its great importance in nature is its relation to the economy of animals. It is absolutely necessary to their life. Atmospheric air taken into the lungs of animals, or passed in solution in water through the gills of fishes, loses oxygon; and for the oxygen lost, about an equal volume of carbonic acid appears.