Why do sugar maple trees produce sweet sap?
In some species, up to half the sugar produced by the captive chloroplasts is passed to the sea slug.
Chloroplasts should not be able to work once they are removed from algal cells because those cells contain proteins that control their operation.
Scientists have come up with a way of keeping engineered genes from accidentally altering wild plants. Learn more on this Moment of Science.
How do dessert plants adapt to such an extreme environment? Some plants have unusual methods.
How does such a tiny organism do so much to help reduce global warming?
Did you know that lichens are super sensitive to air pollution, and so they help indicate pollution problems to scientists?
Many succulent plants also have a modified way of conducting photosynthesis.
Photosynthesis is the biochemical process in which energy from sunlight is converted by plants, algae, and some bacteria into sugars, which are used by the organism as food. That is, these organisms convert the energy of the sun into a different form of energy. However, there is a least one exception: a little bacterium deep under the Pacific Ocean which manages photosynthesis without sunlight. Learn more on this Moment of Science.
Learn about the mystery of photorespiration on this Moment of Science.