Photosynthesis is one of the most important biochemical processes on earth. By delicately balancing carbon dioxide and oxygen levels in the atmosphere, it has transformed the earth into an environment that can sustain not only humans, but many other forms of life.
Photosynthesis provides many of the raw materials that maintain and improve our quality of life. Our food, energy resources and building materials are, in most cases, the results of photosynthetic processes.
Our understanding of the photosynthetic processes that convert light energy into chemical energy has roots in the work of researchers such as Jan Ingenhousz, Jean Senebier, Joseph Priestley, Jan Baptista Van Helmont and Nicholas Saussure, who conducted many of the early experiments that led to the discovery of photosynthesis.
Since then, scientific research has significantly increased our understanding of solar energy conversion, oxygen and food production. Scientists are working to increase the efficiency of natural photosynthesis. New artificial photosynthesis technologies are expected to provide more efficient ways to harness and utilize solar energy while increasing crop yields of food.
This website provides information about photosynthesis and how this biochemical process continues to impact our world.
Introduction to Photosynthesis gives an overview of the subject and answers questions like, What is photosynthesis? and, Why is it important?
Photosynthesis in Plants explores how plants use the sun’s energy to convert carbon dioxide and water into glucose by performing light dependent and light independent reactions.
Photosynthesis in Bacteria looks at the classification of photosynthetic bacteria and identifies similarities and differences between photosynthesis in plants and bacteria.
Come join us as we explore how light energy is converted into chemical energy in plants and other photosynthetic organisms.