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Photosynthesis

TermDefinition
photosynthesis the process by which light energy is converted to chemical energy
autotrophs organisms that use energy from sunlight or inorganic substances to make organic compounds
heterotrophs organisms that get energy by consuming food
granum stack of thylakoids
chlorophyll a substance that absorbs light
pigments the primary pigment involved in photosynthesis
carotenoids absorb wavelengths of light different from those absorbed by chlorophyll
electron transport chain the series of molecules down which excited electrons are passed in a thylakoid membrane
carbon fixation incorporation of carbon dioxide into organic compounds
calvin cycle a series of enzyme-assisted chemical reactions that produces a three-carbon sugar molecule
C4 pathway CO2 fixed into four-carbon compounds
CAM pathway water-conserving process of carbon fixation
chemiosmosis the process that relies on concentration gradient of protons
light reactions a series of reactions that involve pigments
stomata small pores in leaves
thylakoids disk-shaped structures inside chloroplasts
Created by: maadisonn7