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Even though covered with mildew, leaves are still able to carry on photosynthesis at a reduced level, and thus feed their roots.
Aiko and Pajaka won Honorable Mention for their design of an artificial photosynthesis device to chemically convert sunlight into an alternative fuel source, potentially reducing the environment’s carbon footprint.
The LED lighting inside is tuned to sun-like wavelengths that are perfect for photosynthesis.
But to harness that energy, living creatures rely on enzymes that have evolved over billions of years to make possible everything from respiration to photosynthesis to DNA repair.
Zooxanthellae also happen to be good at using blue light for photosynthesis.
Federal authorities say Christensen is responsible for the abduction of Yingying Zhang, 26, a Chinese visiting scholar at the university's Urbana-Champaign campus who was researching photosynthesis and crop productivity.
Zhang was one month into a yearlong program at the university studying photosynthesis and crop productivity, a university spokesperson previously told PEOPLE.
Zhang has been researching crop photosynthesis and was expected to begin work on her Ph.D. in the fall at the University of Illinois, according to the school.
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photosynthesis Has Greek Roots
The Greek roots of photosynthesis combine to produce the basic meaning "to put together with the help of light". Photosynthesis is what first produced oxygen in the atmosphere billions of years ago, and it's still what keeps it there. Sunlight splits the water molecules (made of hydrogen and oxygen) held in a plant's leaves and releases the oxygen in them into the air. The leftover hydrogen combines with carbon dioxide to produce carbohydrates, which the plant uses as food—as do any animals or humans who might eat the plant.
Origin and Etymology of photosynthesis
First Known Use: 1898See Words from the same year
PHOTOSYNTHESIS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of photosynthesis for English Language Learners
biology : the process by which a green plant turns water and carbon dioxide into food when the plant is exposed to light
PHOTOSYNTHESIS Defined for Kids
Definition of photosynthesis for Students
- photosynthetic activity
medical Definition of photosynthesis
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