Presentation on theme: "AUTOTROPHS All organisms require a source of energy. There are two types of autotrophs: 1. Chemoautotrophs (or chemotrophic autotroph), 2. Photoautotrophs."— Presentation transcript:
AUTOTROPHS All organisms require a source of energy. There are two types of autotrophs: 1. Chemoautotrophs (or chemotrophic autotroph), 2. Photoautotrophs
Chemoautotrophs (Gr:chemical, auto= self, troph (nourishment) in addition to deriving energy from chemical reactions, synthesize all necessary organic compounds from carbon dioxide. Chemoautotrophs use inorganic energy sources, such as hydrogen sulfide, elemental sulfur, ferrous iron, molecular hydrogen, and ammonia. Most are bacteria that live in hostile environments such as deep sea vents and are the primary producers in such ecosystems.
PHOTOSYNTHESIS Autotrophic Process: Plants and plant-like organisms make their energy (glucose) from sunlight. Stored as carbohydrate in their bodies. 6CO 2 + 6H 2 O +light energy C 6 H 12 O 6 + 6O 2
Why is Photosynthesis important? Makes organic molecules (glucose) out of inorganic materials (carbon dioxide and water). It begins all food chains/webs. Thus all life is supported by this process. It also makes oxygen gas!!
Plants use the pigment chlorophyll to absorb light energy to turn water and carbon dioxide into glucose. Glucose is a kind of sugar. Plants use glucose as food for energy and as a building block for growing. Autotrophs make glucose and heterotrophs are consumers of it. Photo-synthesis means "putting together with light."
Why do some plants appear green? Green plants are green because they contain a pigment called chlorophyll. Chlorophyll absorbs certain wavelengths of light within the visible light spectrum. chlorophyll absorbs light in the red (long wavelength) and the blue (short wavelength) regions of the visible light spectrum. Green light is not absorbed but reflected, making the plant appear green. Chlorophyll is found in the chloroplasts of plants. There are various types of chlorophyll structures, but plants contain chlorophyll a and b.
How do we know that plants make carbohydrates from just carbon dioxide water and light energy? For example: Jan Baptisa van Helmont (1648) planted a willow branch weighing 5 pounds into 200 pounds of soil and then after 4 years the tree weighed 169 lbs. and the soil was still nearly 200 lbs. Experiments!
Photosynthesis Carbon dioxide + water glucose + oxygen sunlight absorbed by chlorophyll 6CO 2 + 6H 2 O + energy C 6 H 12 O 6 + 6O 2 As can be seen from the equation for photosynthesis, the wood, bark, and root came from water and carbon dioxide.
Check it! Plants in Action What is the process that uses the sun’s energy to make simple sugars?
Answer the following: 1. How does the leaf get the raw materials for photosynthesis? A) carbon dioxide B) water C) light energy 2. How does the plant utilize the glucose produced in the process of photosynthesis?
Stoma This opening how plants exchange gases! Check it! Can you name the two important gases that go in and out of the leaves? Why are the stomata located on the underside of leaves?
PHOTOSYNTHESIS Absorbing Light Energy to make chemical energy: glucose! Pigments: Absorb different colors of white light (ROY G BIV) Main pigment: Chlorophyll a Accessory pigments: Chlorophyll b and Carotenoids These pigments absorb all wavelengths (light) BUT green!
PHOTOSYNTHESIS Why do we see green? Green color from white light reflected NOT absorbed Chloroplast: organelle responsible for photosynthesis Chlorophyll: located within Chloroplast Green pigment
Photosynthesis Glucose provides the energy and carbon needed to make other plant materials like wax and proteins.
In plants and simple animals, waste products are removed by diffusion. Plants, for example, excrete O 2, a product of photosynthesis.
EQUATION FOR PHOTOSYNTHESIS 6CO 2 + 6H 2 O + ENERGY C 6 H 12 O 6 + 6O 2 CARBON DIOXIDE WATER GLUCOSE OXYGEN