FC: Photosynthesis Scrapbook | By: Garrett Freddo
1: Phytoplankton- Phytoplankton are little plant like creatures that drift in the ocean. They are microscopic and collect sunlight for photosynthesis by living near the surface, and they collect carbon dioxide that is dissolved into water. Then they collect H2O that is around them and they use all of these to produce energy from photosynthesis. The by-product of this photosynthesis is responsible for 1/2 of the worlds Oxygen.
2: Chlorella- Chlorella is a single celled green algae that lives near the surface of water. It collects sunlight from near the surface, then it collects CO2 that dissolved in the water. Then it collects H2O from around it and makes energy from photosynthesis. Fun fact: People use it as a food resource.
3: Venus Fly trap Although it may appear that bugs are the only thing venus fly traps use for food that is 100% wrong. This was only an adaptation to poor soil. If it is in proper soil it can live for a long time without trapping a single bug! It uses photosynthesis, and captures sunlight, H2O and CO2 to make most of it's food. It just has trouble getting nutrients from it's normally poor soil so it gets some nutrients from bugs instead!
4: Aphids- Some scientists believe that aphids photosynthesize! Studies have actually shown that aphids produce more energy and are more active in sunlight than they are in the dark. They will take sunlight with sun absorbing organs that are similar to chloroplasts in their bodies and then they can collect some carbon dioxide from the air around them, and if they collect water from a plant or from a droplet they can actually produce their own energy! | Some pigments in the aphids body collect sunlight!
5: Kelp- Kelp typically lives underwater in "Kelp Forests" near the surface. They have little gas bubbles in them that keep them right next to the surface so that they can collect sunlight and dissolved carbon dioxide for photosynthesis. Then they collect H2O from around them and turn it all into food for themselves. Also kelp forests provide shelter for many fish and underwater critters.
6: Cactus- Cacti typically live in the desert where there is very little water so they store all of the water they get in there trunk and they have deep deep roots. Cacti use photosynthesis too and they use their thorns as leaves for defensive purposes and because they use less water. The little thorns collect CO2 while they store H2O in there trunk and then they collect sunlight and go through photosynthesis and produce their food.
7: Poison Ivy- Yes, even poison ivy conducts photosynthesis and it's toxin actually gets stronger the more carbon dioxide the plant receives and it will produce more toxins the more CO2 the ivy receives. So poison ivy to, to go through photosynthesis, collects sunlight from the atmosphere, then collects H2O from the ground, and CO2 from the air, and it uses these to make food and to produce stronger toxins.
8: Cyanobacteria- Cyanobacteria is an aquatic bacteria that will float near the surface of the water and will collect sunlight from the surface and then it will bring in dissolved CO2 from around it, then with the H2O around it, it will produce it's own food! Fun Fact: It is commonly mistaken for an algae.
9: Spanish Moss Spanish Moss is abundant in Florida, and other moist areas. It has scales that trap H2O into it's cells and then those scales close to trap it in. It is the perfect water collector. Then to keep from losing even more water it only breathes in CO2 at night. It will then use that CO2 during the day with all of the sunlight to photosynthesize. Spanish Moss is probably the perfect photosyntheses user as it has so many adaptations to retain water and CO2, and it even grows at the top of trees to get even more sun!
10: Bamboo Bamboo is the fastest photosyntheses user in the world! It uses it's chutes to quickly suck up water from the ground then it's leaves will suck in air while a combination of leaves and chutes collect sunlight. This is how it grows so fast because it uses it's whole body to participate in it's photosynthesis
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