A type of bio-chemical fuel. An important compound that cells use to store and release energy. Basic energy source for all cells.
ADP -Adenosine Diphosphate
Looks almost like ATP except it has two phosphate groups instead of three. Works like a rechargeable battery when cells add phosphate groups --> ATP.
ATP is great for transferring energy but not storing. Glucose stores 90 x more energy than required to add phosphate group to turn ADP --> ATP.
Organisms that get their food by absorbing other living things. (i.e. Plants, animals, decomposers)
Organisms that make their own food through photosynthesis.
The process by which autotrophs use the energy of sunlight to produce high-energy carbohydrates- sugars and starches - that can be used as food. Plants convert energy of sunlight into chemical energy stored in bonds of carbs.
the ultimate source of energy for plants. Makes all life possible.
Plants gather the sun's energy with light-absorbing molecules called pigments.
What our eyes perceive as "white" light is a mixture of different wavelengths. ROYGBIV
Plants principle pigment used to capture energy from the sun. Chlorophyll a absorbs blue-violet wavelengths and chlorophyll b absorbs red wavelengths. Does not absorb green - reflects.
Photosynthesis takes place in organelles called chloroplasts which contain saclike membranes called thylakoids and outside the thylakoids is a fluid portion known as the stroma.
thylakoids are interconnected and arranged in stacks known as granum. Pigments are in the thylakoid membranes.
a compound that can accept a pair of high-energy electrons and transfer them, along with most of their energy, to another molecule. (Like mitts moving a hot potato)
Converts to NADPH to trap sunlight as chemical energy. A high energy electron carrier than can move energy to help build molecules like carbs (glucose/sugar and starches)
Light Dependent Reactions
First step in photosynthesis - require direct involvement of light and light-absorbing pigments ADP and NADP+ --> ATP and NADPH. Requires water as a source of electrons and hydrogen ions and gives off oxygen as a byproduct.
Light Independent Reactions
ATP and NADPH are used to produce high-energy sugars from carbon dioxide. (No light is required) Takes place in the stroma outside the thylakoids.
Electron Transport Chain
a series of electron carrier proteins that shuttle high-energy electrons during ATP-generating reactions.
Spans the thylakoid membrane and allows H+ ions to pass forcing it to rotate like a turbine and produce ATP. Process is known as chemiosmosis.
During the light-independent reactions ATP and NADPH from the light-dependent reactions are used to produce high-energy sugars. Uses 6 molecules of carbon dioxide to produce a single 6-carbon sugar molecule. Removes CO2 from atmosphere.
Factors affecting photosynthesis
temperature, light intensity and the availability of water.