Carbon Dioxide + Water --> glucose + oxygen
Photosynthesis takes place in the chlorophyll in the chloroplasts.
During photosynthesis light energy is absorbed by the chlorophyll in the chloroplasts. it is used to convert CO2 and H20 into sugar (glucose). Oxygen is released as a by-product.
Leaves are well adapted to allow maximum photosynthesis to take place.
Limiting factors; Carbon Dioxide, Light, Temperature
How plants use glucose
Respiration - break down the glucose using oxygen to provide energy for the cells.
Transport and storage - soluble glucose produced is converted into insoluble starch for storage.
Why do plants need minerals?
Plant roots absorb mineral salts.
Nitrates - needed for growth
Magnesium - needed to make chlorophyll
If mineral ions are deficient, a plant develops symptoms because it cannot grow properly
Nitrates - Stunted growth
Magnesium - yellow leaves