"The phenomenon of photorespiration is like an automobile with its motor running but with the clutch disengaged, so that no net movement or CO2 fixation occurs, although energy is being consumed."
"Photorespiration is 'like a leak' by which much of the product of photosynthesis is lost before storage."
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.