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Thread: How do plants use and store energy that they receive from the sun..?(and where in the body)

  1. #1 How do plants use and store energy that they receive from the sun..?(and where in the body) 
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    Hi everyone!



    Can someone please explain me:

    O When plants absorb energy from the sun, how do they store excess energy?
    O Also, how do they transition the sun energy for theyr uses ,i mean, is it the thermal warmth that they focus upon,from the sun?(or is there more)
    O whats the chemistry within them how it moves through from sun energy to plant to being stored in a cell,
    O and what is that cell or part of the plant that receives the sun energy (sort of receiver/receptor)






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    Sounds like homework.

    I suggest you start here:

    Photosynthesis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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    nope. not homework, just curiosity
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    No matter. Photosynthesis is where it all starts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muto-kun View Post
    O When plants absorb energy from the sun, how do they store excess energy?
    They store energy in the form of glucose.

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    O Also, how do they transition the sun energy for theyr uses ,i mean, is it the thermal warmth that they focus upon,from the sun?(or is there more)
    Warmth is important in regards to the enzymatic processes which take place. However, the warmth is not what powers photosynthesis. It is the energy from the light itself interacting with the photosystems in the chloroplasts.

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    O whats the chemistry within them how it moves through from sun energy to plant to being stored in a cell,
    That's a very complex process you'll have to read about on PhDemon's link. It takes a lot of explaining and images to get across. I taught an intro biology recitation and we took almost 3 weeks to discuss just the processes of cellular respiration and photosynthesis.

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    O and what is that cell or part of the plant that receives the sun energy (sort of receiver/receptor)
    The organelle is called a chloroplast.
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    In addition to the answer of member Flick Montana, here is an simple overview of photosynthesis:

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    And each one of those steps can be broken down into an equally complex chart, as well. It's a pretty involved process.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flick Montana View Post
    And each one of those steps can be broken down into an equally complex chart, as well. It's a pretty involved process.

    That is certainly true and I will not pretend that I understand every single process of photosynthesis.
    However, it would be pointless to give more complex schemes if the O.P. lacks the necessary knowledge to understand them.
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    cell structure and function is complex as fuck. what kind of answer are you looking for mate?
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    i recommend alberts molecular biology of the cell. i think the 8th edition is the most recent
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    thank you, very helpful
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    Plants basically use light energy form the sun, I'm not sure if they use heat energy as well, but either way the energy is used to add another phosphate ion to ADP, making it ATP. Than ATP is used in the Calvin cycle to put together glucose from CO2 and water H20. Oxygen is released after the chemical reaction. Glucose which contains energy from the chemical reaction that synthesized it.....For storing Glucose is than built up, through many dehydration processes into Starch which is than stored I believe in the Chloroplast (maybe the Plasmid of the Chloroplast if I'm not wrong)
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    Teaching helps me remember the material myself.
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    A Dr. Philip Callahan pioneered alternative theory of magnetic monopoles as key to understanding the dynamics of botanical systems. His concepts involved energy processes operating in roots and in light receptors above ground. He is old now and I believe no longer actively researching but I'm not sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Anteski View Post
    drool ... dribble ... plop
    Sorry, this is in Biology, not crackpot pseudo-science.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bio View Post
    cell structure and function is complex as fuck.

    Not to mention the correlation between cellular biology and quantum mechanics (in photosynthesis), according to this article:
    "We found that the properties of some of the chromophore vibrations that assist energy transfer during photosynthesis can never be described with classical laws, and moreover, this non-classical behaviour enhances the efficiency of the energy transfer."


    The paper (O'Reilly, E.J. et al., 2014) is open access, but I have to admit that I am incapable of understanding it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndresKiani View Post
    ...into Starch which is than stored I believe in the Chloroplast (maybe the Plasmid of the Chloroplast if I'm not wrong)

    You should probably have a little think about why storing starch in a plasmid is not viable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cogito Ergo Sum View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by bio View Post
    cell structure and function is complex as fuck.

    Not to mention the correlation between cellular biology and quantum mechanics (in photosynthesis), according to this article:
    "We found that the properties of some of the chromophore vibrations that assist energy transfer during photosynthesis can never be described with classical laws, and moreover, this non-classical behaviour enhances the efficiency of the energy transfer."


    The paper (O'Reilly, E.J. et al., 2014) is open access, but I have to admit that I am incapable of understanding it.
    It's certainly appallingly written. Anyone who can coin the noun "quantumness" deserves to be shot. I gave up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by exchemist View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Cogito Ergo Sum View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by bio View Post
    cell structure and function is complex as fuck.

    Not to mention the correlation between cellular biology and quantum mechanics (in photosynthesis), according to this article:
    "We found that the properties of some of the chromophore vibrations that assist energy transfer during photosynthesis can never be described with classical laws, and moreover, this non-classical behaviour enhances the efficiency of the energy transfer."


    The paper (O'Reilly, E.J. et al., 2014) is open access, but I have to admit that I am incapable of understanding it.
    It's certainly appallingly written. Anyone who can coin the noun "quantumness" deserves to be shot. I gave up.
    looks interesting, i'm gonna give it a look later
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