The Process of Photosynthesis in Plants: An Overview

Photosynthesis is a process that occurs in plants, algae, and some bacteria

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Although light energy is frequently written as a in the overall reaction for photosynthesis, energy is not an actual reactant molecule. Light energy is written on the reactant side to indicate that this energy is needed for photosynthesis to proceed. Energy-wise, the overall reaction of photosynthesis is because the reactants contain less potential energy than the .

Water is split in the process, and thus it is the light reactions of photosynthesis that give off 0, as a by-product.

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The carbohydrates produced by plants and algae during photosynthesis provide enough energy to support life on Earth. Sunlight provides an energy source, but creating carbohydrates also requires a source of carbon atoms. During photosynthesis, inorganic carbon dioxide (CO2) gas is converted into organic molecules (glucose, C6H12O6).

In essence, the chloroplast uses light energy to make sugar by coordinating the two stages of photosynthesis.

These two stages of photosynthesis are known as the (the photo part of photosynthesis) and the (the synthesis part) (FIGURE 10-4).