How Plants Make Carbs and Other Metabolites
Lecture no. 18 from the course: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: How Life Works
Taught by Professor Kevin Ahern | 29 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Science Course
Study how plants use sunlight and reduction reactions to build carbohydrates from carbon dioxide and water. This synthesis of food from air and water occurs in a series of reactions called the Calvin cycle. While humans exploit plants for food and fiber, we also utilize a multitude of other plant molecules called secondary metabolites. These include flavors, dyes, caffeine, and even catnip.