From Seed to Seed:
Plant Science for K-8 Educators


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Plant requirements during photosynthesis

Gardeners know that plants need light. As we have just learned, all green plants require light to perform photosynthesis, the process by which they manufacture their food in the form of carbohydrates. Some plants can withstand quite shady conditions while others require direct sunlight, but all need at least some light. In addition to fueling photosynthesis, the quantity and quality of light trigger other plant responses, such as flowering and dormancy.

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