Question 1.2

2. Consider a scientist who is studying the rate of carbon dioxide uptake by plants during photosynthesis. The study is funded by a large petroleum company that is eager to get a tax break by demonstrating how they are offsetting their carbon output by growing plants that take in carbon and store it in their tissues. The scientist discovers that these plants only take in a small percentage of the company’s carbon output, well below the standard to earn the tax break; however, the scientist wants to continue to receive the funding and reports higher values of carbon dioxide removal by the plants. In this scenario, which of the following occur?