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Nutrition in Plants and Animals

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AUTOTROPHISM

In this mode of nutrition, organisms manufacture their own food from readily available materials in the environment. These organisms use energy to combine carbon (IV) oxide,water and mineral salts in complex reactions to manufacture food substances. Depending on the source of energy used to manufacture the food, there are two types of autotrophism:

a) Chemosynthesis

This is the process whereby some organisms utilize energy derived from chemical reactions in their bodies to manufacture food from simple substances in the environment.

This nutrition mode is common in non green plants and some bacteria which lack the sun trapping chlorophyll molecule.

b) Photosynthesis

This is the process by which organisms make their own food from simple substances in the environment such as carbon (IV) oxide and water using sunlight energy.


 
Gif:photosynthetic process

Such organisms often have chlorophyll which traps the required sunlight energy.

This mode of nutrition is common in members of the kingdom Plantae. Some protoctists and bacteria are also photosynthetic.

Importance of Photosytnthesis.

1. Photosynthesis helps in regulation of carbon (IV) oxide and oxygen gases in the environment.

2. Photosynthesis enables autotrophs make their own food, thus, meet their nutritional requirements.

3. Photosynthesis converts sunlight energy into a form (chemical energy) that can be utilized by other organisms that are unable to manufacture their own food.

Photosynthesis largely occurs in the leaf. To understand the process of photosynthesis, it is important to understand the leaf structure.

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