Photosynthesis science
Written by: Drew Peltier
Illustrated by: Sabine Deviche

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Carboxylase: a type of protein that is good at attaching to a specific molecule arrangement: a carbon atom connected to two oxygen atoms, one of which is connected to a hydrogen atom.

Chlorophyll: the pigment that gives plants their green color and allows them to absorb sunlight... more

Chloroplast: a part of a cell found in plants that converts light energy into energy plants can use (sugar). Other living organisms such as algae also have cells that contain chloroplasts.

Enzyme: a protein that changes the speed of chemical reactions.

Evaporate: the act of a non-boiling liquid becoming a gas.

Photosynthesis: a set of chain reactions that convert light energy into chemical energy. Photosynthesis also produces energy-rich carbohydrates like starch. Photosynthesis occurs in the chloroplast of a plant cell... more

RuBisCo: a protein important for plants to be able to pull carbon dioxide out of the air and convert it into sugar.

Stomata: tiny openings in the leaves of plants.

Thylakoid: the disk-shaped parts of a plant cell where light-dependent reactions occur... more

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This set of bits will teach you about the process plants use to make their own food: photosynthesis. To learn more about the science behind photosynthesis, visit Snacking on Sunlight

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An illustration of a plant growing.An illustration of a plant cell that points out a chloroplastAn illustration of the inside of a chloroplast.An illustration of an ATP moleculeAn illustration of a glucose molecule.An illustration of the basics of the Calvin Cycle.Microscopic image of plant tissue showing chloroplasts.Close-up illustration of plant tissue, showing stomata and different cell types.Colorized microscopic image showing plant stomata.A picture of grasses, which use C4 photosynthesis.A picture of a saguaro cactus, which uses CAM photosynthesisA microscopic picture of green algae.A cartoon talking head

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  • Article: Snacking on Sunlight Bits
  • Author(s): Drew Peltier
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: February 26, 2015
  • Date accessed: April 17, 2024
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