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Explore how photosynthesis works by helping the process along in this game.

How does photosynthesis work underwater

Below are the other parts of the cell that work with the chloroplast to make photosynthesis happen.

Cell walls: provide structural and mechanical support, protect cells against pathogens, maintain and determine cell shape, control the rate and direction of growth and generally provide form to the plant. Cytoplasm: provides the platform for most chemical processes, controlled by enzymes.

Cell membrane: acts as a barrier, controlling the movement of substances into and out of the cell.Chloroplasts: As described above, simply contain chlorophyll, a green substance which absorbs light energy for photosynthesis.

Easy Science for Kids Photosynthesis: How Plants Make Food and Energy

Algae are a very diverse group of predominantly aquatic photosynthetic organisms that account for almost 50% of the photosynthesis that takes place on Earth. Algae have a wide range of antenna pigments to harvest light energy for photosynthesis giving different types of algae their characteristic colour. Early work done with algae contributed much to what is presently known about the carbon dioxide fixation pathway and the light harvesting reactions. The processes of photosynthesis in algae and higher plants are very similar. From among the three types of carbon dioxide‐concentrating mechanisms known in photosynthetic organisms, two types are found in different types of algae. Algae are proposed to play a role in the global carbon cycle by helping remove excess carbon dioxide from the environment. Recently, algae are recognized as a promising biodiesel source due to its efficient absorption and conversion of solar energy into chemical energy.

This 90-second animated video explains how photosynthesis works and why our forests are such an important part of that process. It is part of OFRI’s Forest Fact Breaks series, which uses bold animated graphics, sound effects and narration to teach about natural resource topics in a fun, easy-to-understand way.