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Q & A
Q1: What is photosynthesis?
Answer: The process by which green plants make their own food from carbon-dioxide and water in the presence of sunlight and chlorophyll is called photosynthesis.
During this process oxygen gas is released. This process can be represented as:
6CO2 + 12H2O ➞ C6H12O6 + 6H2O + 6O2
The green plants convert energy of sunlight into chemical energy by making glucose.
The extra glucose formed changes into starch which is stored in leaves.
The Oxygen released comes from the water.
Q2: Define Translocation.
Answer: Transportation of food from photosynthetic parts of the plant to the non-green part of the plant through phloem is known as translocation.
Q3: What are the important events occur during photosynthesis process?
Answer: The following events occur during this process:
- Absorption of light energy by chlorophyll.
- Conversion of light energy to chemical energy and splitting of water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. (Light Reaction)
- Reduction of carbon dioxide to carbohydrates. (Dark Reaction by Calvin Cycle)
Q4:Mention the conditions for photosynthesis. Also mention the process involved in each of these steps.
Chlorophyll of the leaves of the plant trap sunlight and converts them into chemical energy during photosynthesis. Plant utilizes visible light only which is made up of 7 colours and green colour is least absorbed ( it reflects green the most - that's why the leaves appear green).
Chlorophyll is a green pigment mainly present in the leaves of the plant. There are many types of chlorophyll named a, b, c, d, e and bacterio-chlorophyll. Chlorophyll a and chlorophyll b are most abundently present in the nature.
Plants take carbon dioxide through stomata to make glucose(food for the plants).
Water is absorbed by the roots of the plants through osmosis. Through xylem, water is tranported to all parts of the plant.
Q5: Name other two pigments which absorb sunlight ( other than chlorophyll ).
Answer: Carotenoids and Fucoxanthin
Q6: How do aquatic plants get oxygen for photosynthesis?
Answer: Aquatic plants obtain carbon dioxide through the process of diffusion.
Q7: Where does light reaction occur?
Answer: In the grana thylakoids of chloroplasts.
Q8: Where does dark reaction occur?
Answer: In the stroma of chloroplasts.
Q9: Which wavelength of light is best absorbed by chlorophyll?
Answer: Red colour wavelength
Q10: Why do most plants appear green in colour?
Answer: The green pigment of chlorophyll absorbs all light colours and reflect the green light.
Q11: Which products formed during light reaction in photosynthesis process are used by dark reaction?
Answer: NADPH and ATP
Q12: What is the function of thylakoid membranes in chloroplast?
Answer: Thylakoid membranes provide large surface area for light absorption.
Q13: Write down the full form of the following:
ADP: Adenosine diphosphate
ATP: Adenosine triphosphate
NADP: Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate
Q14: Why is photosynthesis important to the global world?
- In photosynthesis solar energy (sunlight) is converted to chemical energy and is stored in plants as starch.
- Plants also store excess sugar by synthesis of starch
- Heterotrophs, including humans, may completely or partially consume plants for fuel and raw materials.
- Photosynthesis is responsible for the presence of oxygen in our atmosphere.
- Each year, photosynthesis synthesizes appox. 160 billion metric tons of carbohydrate
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