GRBG National Science Week 3 -7 August 2015 Featured

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GRBG National Science Week  3 -7 August 2015

LIGHT IS FOOD

Photosynthesis is the most effective energy producing system in the world.

It is so essential to life on earth that most living organisms, including humans, cannot survive without it. "Photo" is the Greek word for "Light," and "synthesis," is the Greek word for "putting together," which explains exactly what photosynthesis is. When sunlight reaches a green plant, the plant uses the light to transform water, carbon dioxide, and minerals into glucose or plant food. Some of the glucose is used to provide energy for the plant’s growth and development, while the rest is stored in roots or fruits to be used later by humans and animals alike. 

Light is so important to plants, that they are designed to catch the most light. Leaves grow in many different patterns to make the most of light. Even plants that do not have a 'classic' plant structure with stems and leaves, such as mosses and some succulents, still contain chlorophyll  and are able to photosynthesise. Many examples of these interesting plant forms can be seen in the Garden Route Botanical Garden. During National Science Week early in August this year it will be possible to learn more about this fascinating process and the huge variety of indigenous plants in the Garden Route. It will actually be possible to see how water plants use the sun’s energy to produce oxygen. Bookmark the days from 3 to 7 August and be there.

Contact: Zilla North:
Organising Committee: GRBG National Science Week 2015
Tel; 079 693 3600  / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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