How Do Plants Store Energy During Photosynthesis?

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Photosynthesis is a very complex and involved biochemical pathway involving several chemical reactions. Find out how plants store energy during photosynthesis with help from an experienced chemistry professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dan Weisenberger. And this is how do plants store energy during photosynthesis? Well photosynthesis is a very complex and involved biochemical pathway involving several chemical reactions. But ultimately converts light energy, water and carbon dioxide into sugar and oxygen. And oxygen is released into the atmosphere. And the sugars are also processed and stored as glucose, sucrose and starches which I'll get to in a minute. Carbon dioxide reacts with ribose-1,5-bisphosphate, the rubisco enzyme to ultimately synthesize glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate out of the Calvin Cycle. And that like the sugars that I just mentioned can get converted into glucose, sucrose or stored as polymers of sugar called starch. Some sugars go through the glycolysis steps whereby they enter then the TCA cycle and oxidative phosphorylation to ultimately create large amounts of ATP. Which are used in the cell for various other pathways. So the energy that comes from light energy is converted into sugars and oxygen which those sugars are stored in various types. And used for subsequent pathways that the cell needs for growth and survival. I'm Dan Weisenberger.

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