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Ch 20: Plant Growth Processes

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Refer to this chapter if you are looking for a quick and easy way to develop your understanding of the processes by which plants grow. This reference tool is a great way to prepare for biology class, college admissions or college placement exams.

Plant Growth Processes - Chapter Summary

From photosynthesis to respiration, the video and text lessons in this chapter offer you a convenient way to review plant growth processes. You can develop a deeper understanding of how plants 'sweat,' 'breathe,' get nutrients and more. The lessons also focus on plant processes including how water is transported, how sunlight is converted into energy and how plant cells are maintained and balanced. After you have finished your review of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Explain the process of photolysis
  • Detail the Calvin-Benson cycle
  • Define and relate the function of plant stomata
  • Describe the processes of transpiration and cellular respiration
  • List the ways solutes and water are transported in plants
  • Understand the structure of plant cells

Each lesson uses expert instruction, definitions, illustrations and examples to simplify this material. You can access lessons at any time, from any device, so you can review when it's most convenient for you. Video and text lessons take only 5-10 minutes to review and contain self-assessment quizzes so you can determine if you need further study of a specific subject or if you are ready to move on to the next topic.

8 Lessons in Chapter 20: Plant Growth Processes
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Photolysis and the Light Reactions: Definitions, Steps, Reactants & Products

1. Photolysis and the Light Reactions: Definitions, Steps, Reactants & Products

In this lesson, we'll learn how electrons get excited during the light-dependent reactions of photosynthesis, jumping off photosystem reaction centers like they were trampolines! In addition, we'll learn how the splitting of water creates reactants for this part of photosynthesis while creating a little fresh air for us.

Dark Reactions of Photosynthesis: The Calvin-Benson Cycle

2. Dark Reactions of Photosynthesis: The Calvin-Benson Cycle

Photosynthesis starts out using the energy from sunlight to get things started, but it ends with the dark reactions, which don't need sunshine to complete sugar production. In the Calvin cycle, ATP and NADPH from the light reactions are used to produce sugars.

Stomata of Plants: Function, Definition & Structure

3. Stomata of Plants: Function, Definition & Structure

Did you know that plants 'breathe' through their leaves? Tiny openings called stomata allow plants to exchange gases necessary for cellular processes, such as photosynthesis.

What Is Transpiration in Plants? - Definition, Rate & Process

4. What Is Transpiration in Plants? - Definition, Rate & Process

Did you know that plants 'sweat?' Transpiration is both an important and costly process for plants, and it requires that a delicate balance between it and other necessary cellular processes be maintained.

Cellular Respiration in Plants

5. Cellular Respiration in Plants

In this lesson, we'll learn what cellular respiration is and the role it has in plants. We'll cover what is used and made in cellular respiration and why plants need it.

Plant Tissue Compartments & Transport

6. Plant Tissue Compartments & Transport

This lesson goes over three ways substances like water and solutes can be transported from cell to cell in a plant: the symplastic, apoplastic, and transmembrane routes.

Transporting Solutes & Water in Plants

7. Transporting Solutes & Water in Plants

How do plants move water and nutrients where they need to go? That's the question we'll be exploring in this lesson as we look at both xylem and phloem transportation systems and see how plants stay hydrated and energized.

Turgor Pressure in Plants: Definition & Overview

8. Turgor Pressure in Plants: Definition & Overview

In this lesson, you will learn about the structure of plant cells and how the pressure inside is crucial for the plant's ability to grow and stand tall.

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