Understanding Photosynthesis

The main process used by plants and trees in order to create nutrients is called Photosynthesis. Trees absorb sunlight and its energy as catalyst to create natural sugars. There are two separate forms of Photosynthesis these are oxygenic and anoxygenic. Through the former, Photosynthesis combines sunlight with water and carbon dioxide to create carbohydrates. This exchange essentially takes away from carbon dioxide in our environment while adding oxygen instead, and creating the carbs for the tree’s nourishment. This process is the other side of respiration’s coin.

Anoxygenic Photosynthesis utilizes bacteria’s instead of water, and creates a number of elements such as a sulfur. During the process water is absorbed from the roots, sunlight is taken in by leaves, and carbon dioxide makes its way from pores in the crown. The actual act of Photosynthesis occurs in the leaves where cells called chloroplasts work to make leaves green. Some of the elements mentioned above combine to form glucose, and other nutrients that benefit the tree as a whole. It’s important to remember much of the energy created during this process is stored during the summer, and early fall in order to survive the harsh winter. This is one of the methods trees use to make it through hibernation.

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