Photosynthesis is the process by which plants, some bacteria, and some algae
use the energy from sunlight to produce glucose in which cellular respiration converts into ATP that is used by all living
things. The conversion of unusable sunlight energy into usable chemical energy, is associated with the actions of the green
pigment chlorophyll. Most of the time, the photosynthetic process uses water and releases the oxygen that we must have to live.
The overall reaction of photosynthesis is:
6H2O + 6CO2 ----------> C6H12O6+
On this site you will learn the two stages of photosynthesis, how it works, and what molecules are
used in the process. The equation that that is above will be shown step by step to help you understand more about photosynthesis.
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The plant absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, draws water up through its roots and uses light to photosynthesize
sugars, which it uses as food. It excretes oxygen as a by-product of the process. Without water, photosynthesis cannot take