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PHOTOSYNTHESIS. Cellular Processes 1 st Set of Photosynthesis Reactions Jesse, Kelsey, Mitch and Leah . Energy For Life Processes. AUTOTROPHS – Organisms that manufacture their own food from inorganic substances and energy HETEROTROPHS – Organisms, like animals, that cannot manufacture

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Cellular Processes1st Set of Photosynthesis ReactionsJesse, Kelsey, Mitch and Leah

Energy For Life Processes

AUTOTROPHS – Organisms that manufacture their own food from inorganic substances and energyHETEROTROPHS – Organisms, like animals, that

cannot manufacture

their own organic


Energy For Life Processes

BIOCHEMICAL PATHWAY – A series of reactions linked

CELLULAR RESPIRATION- Some energy that is released from organic compounds is released by cells in another set of biochemical pathways.

How they work

  • Autotrophs convert energy to light from the sun into

    chemical energy which they primarily store in carbohydrates.Heterotrophs obtain food by eating Autotrophs or other heterotrophs that feed on autotrophs.Autotrophs use the biochemical pathways to manufacture organic compounds from Carbon dioxide and water to create a carbohydrate and molecular oxygen is released Cellular respiration is a metabolic process by which cells generate energy in the form of ATP from the food molecules and release waste products carbon dioxide and water. Both Heterotrophs and Autotrophs use Cellular Respiration

Light absorption in chloroplasts

  • Light reactions – The initial reaction in photosynthesis ( In plants )

  • Thylakoids – Inside the inner membranes, arranged as flattened sacs

  • Grana – thylakoids interconnected and some are layered on top of one another to form stacks

  • Stroma – solution surrounding thylakoids

How they work

  • Light reactions is the first stage of photosynthesis , the process by which plants capture and store energy from sunlight.

  • Thylakoids are a membrane-bound compartment inside chloroplasts and cyanobacteria. They are the site of the light-dependent reactions of photosynthesis.

Lights and Pigments

  • Properties of light: the light from the sun appears white but is actually composed of a variety of colours known as the visible

  • spectrumLight travels through space as waves of energy. Waves are measured in wavelength, the distance between crests in a wave.

Lights and Pigments

  • Pigment – a compound that absorbs light

    - When a white lights reflects off an object different colours will be bounced off, However the various colours will react differently if the object contains a pigment

    - Pigments absorb certain colours more strongly than others

    - By absorbing certain colours, a pigment subtracts those colours from the Visible spectrum

    - Colour transmitted by the pigment no longer appears white but rather the light wave that is being reflected

Chloroplast Pigments

  • Located in the membrane of the thylakoids are a variety of pigments, the most important of which are called Chlorophylls

    - Chlorophyll a - specific form of chlorophyll used in oxygenic photosynthesis. It absorbs most energy from wavelengths of violet-blue and orange-red light- Chlorophyll b - Chlorophyll b helps in photosynthesis by absorbing light energy. It is more soluble than chlorophyll a in polar solvents because of its carbonyl group.

    - Its color is yellow, and it primarily absorbs blue light.- Called an accessory pigment because it assists

    Chlorophyll a in capturing light energy

Chloroplast Pigments

  • Other compounds found in the thylakoid membrane, include the Yellow, Orange, and Browncarotenoids, also function as accessory pigments.

    - By absorbing the accessory pigments enable plants to capture more of the energy in light

    - During the fall many plants lose their chloroplasts and their leaves take on the rich hues of the carotenoids


  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorophyll_b

  • http://www.ftexploring.com/photosyn/chloroplast.html#CHLOROPLAST

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thylakoid

  • http://cellularrespiration.net

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