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QUESTION: Dear Melissa

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photosynthesis

http://biology.clc.uc.edu/courses/bio104/photosyn.htm‎

http://biology.about.com/od/plantbiology/a/aa050605a.htm

http://bioenergy.asu.edu/photosyn/education/photointro.html

http://thebesthowto.com/stories/24175/Photosynthesis-For-Dummies.html

http://www.scienceclarified.com/everyday/Real-Life-Earth-Science-Vol-2/Energy-an

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g78utcLQrJ4‎

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XV9FOWleErA‎

https://www.khanacademy.org/science/biology/photosynthesis/v/photosynthesis

http://www.biotopics.co.uk/plants/psfac2.html‎

http://www.radford.edu/jkell/photosynthesis.105.pdf‎

https://www.msu.edu/user/morleyti/sun/Biology/photochem.html

Photosynthesis Process has practical applications in Agriculture and Pharmaceutical Industries.

Isn't it ?.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

ANSWER: Dear Prashant, I apologize for my delay in replying to your question.  Photosynthesis is a very important process.  Basically, plants take in carbon dioxide and sunlight, and turn these materials into food for the plant.  When they do this they release oxygen.  People and animals breathe in oxygen, and use this for our bodies.  When we breathe out, we breathe out carbon dioxide.  Then the plants use the carbon dioxide, giving us oxygen and around and around it goes.  In a very real sense, the plants keep us alive, and we (and other animals) keep the plants alive.  There are very many articles about photosynthesis and it is very important in agriculture. I am not sure how this applies in pharmacy, but there are plants which require more daylight hours and ones which require less.  Interestingly, the ones that require more daylight hours are in colder regions, because it actually takes the sun longer to set there than in places near the equator.  I hope this information is useful to you.  Please write back if you have further questions.  Melissa

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QUESTION: Dear Melissa

Thank you.

http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/photosynthesis-interrupted-plant-parts-used-ge

We can use Photosynthesis process to generate electricity.

isn't it ?.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

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Dear Prashant, Thank you so much for including the link to the interesting article.  I think what these researchers are doing is fascinating.  For the most part, photosynthesis can be used to generate electricity; but solar energy, which the plants use, would probably be much more efficient.  The plants will take in the solar energy, and one of the by-products of growing the plants would indeed be some energy from the photosynthesis, but it would also produce oxygen from the plant's transpiration, food for the plant, cell growth, and perhaps other things.  So while photosynthesis would produce electricity, it would also produce a lot of other things.  Energy and electricity are not really my subjects, so I can't speak for the efficiency from an energy point of view.  However, I think these scientists are learning some very valuable information.  I hope this information helps you.  Melissa

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Melissa Johnston

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Plant diseases, landscaping, tropical plants, roses, herbs, plant care, grafting, horticulture, plant identification, anything about plants I can likely answer.

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35 years experience in various plant businesses, 1984 Certified Texas Master Gardener.

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Master Gardener Association of Texas charter member

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none as of yet, but I have a plant q&a book I am in process of submitting.

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Magna cum laude graduate of Texas A&M, 1978

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Plant growing awards, highest grade for Texas Master Gardener graduates.

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Past member of Allexperts.com and was very highly rated. Owned landscape company in the past, Almost Paradise, and was very successful despite little equipment, no help, and no advertising. Lived well for two years until 9/11.

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