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photosynthesis vocab

photosynthesis the process by which plants and some other organisms capture light energy and use it to make food from carbon dioxide and water
Chlorophyll a substance that gives chloroplasts their green color and captures energy from sunlight and uses it to produce food
Stomata the small openings on the undersides of most leaves through which oxygen and carbon dioxide can move
Trophic level a group of organisms that occupy the same level in a food chain
Transpiration the process by which water is lost through a plant’s leaves
Chloroplast a structure in the cells of plants and some other organisms that captures energy from sunlight and uses it to produce food
Glucose a sugar that is the major source of energy for the body’s cells
Biomass the living or formerly living material in an ecosystem
Producer an organism that can make its own food
Consumer an organism that obtains energy by feeding on other organisms
Decomposer an organism that breaks down the large molecules from wastes and the remains of dead organisms into small molecules and returns important materials to the soil & water
Respiration the process by which cells break down simple food molecules to release the energy they contain
Saprotroph an organism that feeds on or derives nourishment from decaying organic matter
Created by: rskonieczny