How plants use glucose

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  • How plants use glucose
    • Respiration
      • Glucose manufactured in the leaves
      • Glucose is then used for energy
      • Energy is released which enables them to convert glucose into various substances (build new cells, growth)
      • Minerals are gathered from the soil
    • Seeds
      • Turned into lipids for storing seeds.
      • Seeds also store starch
    • Cell walls
      • This is used for strong cell walls especially in rapidly growing plants
      • Glucose is converted into celluslose
    • Proteins
      • Combined with nitrate ions from the soil to make amino acids.
      • Then made into proteins
    • Starch
      • Turned into starch and stored in the roots, stems, and leaves for photosynthesis
      • Strach is better for storing than glucose as it's insoluble and glucoser would draw in excess water, causing the plant to swell.




A very effective mind map on a single topic which is often tested in  GCSE examination questions.  It was a good idea to separate the main ideas with colour and to keep the text brief as excess words can clutter up a mind map. Symbols and images could be added to the printed mind map as pictures can help some students remember information more effectively than words.

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