There's a lot of carbon in your body - in DNA, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and other key biological molecules. How did that carbon get there? Drumroll... photosynthesis! Learn how plants and other photosynthetic organisms use light energy to make sugars from carbon dioxide and water, bringing both chemical energy and readily usable carbon into Earth’s global ecosystem.
How do you turn light energy into chemical energy? Find out how plants perform this amazing energy transformation. We'll dive into the properties of light, how chlorophylls and other pigments absorb light, and how the absorbed energy is stored in chemical bonds.
The Calvin cycle enzyme rubisco is essential...but it also has a bad habit. Rubisco sometimes acts on oxygen rather than carbon dioxide, leading to a carbon-wasting side process called photorespiration. Learn about the strategies C4 and CAM plants use to minimize photorespiration.