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How is sugar made by photosynthesis in a plant cell?Describe the process of...
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Elementary School Teacher
Sugar is made through photosynthesis by a chemical reaction within the plant’s cell. Photosynthesis takes place in the chloroplast of a cell. Light is absorbed into the cell by chlorophyll which is located in the chloroplast (an organelle in a plant cell.). The chemical reaction that produces sugar is powered by the sun’s energy. Carbon Dioxide, CO2, is absorbed by the plant through the stomata (small openings on the underside of the plants leaves) and water, H20, which is absorbed through the root hairs are combined together in a chemical reaction, which produces glucose, or the sugar that plants use for energy. The chemical formula for the process is 6CO2 + 6H2O (+ light energy) =C6H12O6 + 6O2.
Posted by rdaugherty on October 19, 2008 at 4:53 AM (Answer #1)
High School Teacher
Let's look at this one from the most basic perspective possible: Leaves make chlorophyll, which in turn produces cellulose. The way they make chlorophyll is through the process of photosynthesis -- sunlight becoming food for plants. A simple way to think about it is this: Sunlight strikes plants, leaves ingest carbon dioxide and give off oxygen, and water is absorbed into the leaves, roots, or cells themselves. During this process, sugar is created as a byproduct of the photosynthesis.
Posted by engtchr5 on October 20, 2008 at 3:27 AM (Answer #2)
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