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Photosynthesis - Grow your own water?

Photosynthesis - Grow your own water? We are all familiar with the idea that plants catch

We are all familiar with the idea that plants catch sunlight and use that energy to make carbohydrates. However vaguely we refer to it, we are also aware that there is a chemical formula which describes this process.

It goes like this:

6CO 2 + 12H 2 O

Light energy

6CO 2 + 12H 2 O Light energy C 6 H 1 2 O 6 +

C 6 H 12 O 6 + 6O 2 + 6H 2 O

water   oxygen water

water  oxygen water

water   oxygen water
 

oxygenwater   water

waterwater   oxygen

sugars

Subsequently, these sugars will be broken down into carbon and water.

(6C + 6H 2 0)

carbon

dioxide

(from the

atmosphere)

All of our perceptions of what photosynthesis is and does comes from this basic formula.

For example we all equate photosynthesis with Carbon Dioxide being breathed in and oxygen being breathed out during the day by green plants. We are all taught this basic premise early in our school years.

Most farmers are also very aware that plants don’t grow unless there is water present. This concept is also reflected in the basic formula for plant “growth” which photosynthesis underpins. Water is used during photosynthesis in green plants – without it, they can’t make sugars.

However this view of photosynthesis needs a bit of revision. Green plants are not the only organisms which perform this important function. There are also a very important group of organisms living in soil and in water who catch sunlight and make sugars. Most importantly these organisms do it differently. Have a look at the formula for Bacterial photosynthesis below:

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Kalamia

Cane Growers

Bacterial photosynthesis below: 1 0 Kalamia Cane Growers Light energy 6CO 2 + 12H 2 S
Bacterial photosynthesis below: 1 0 Kalamia Cane Growers Light energy 6CO 2 + 12H 2 S

Light energy

6CO 2 + 12H 2 S

C 6 H 1 2 O 6 + 6S 2 + 6H 2 O 6 H 12 O 6 + 6S 2 + 6H 2 O

hydrogen sulfide   sulfur water
hydrogen sulfide
hydrogen
sulfide
hydrogen sulfide   sulfur water
 

sulfurhydrogen sulfide   water

waterhydrogen sulfide   sulfur

sugars

Subsequently, these sugars will be broken down into carbon and water.

(6C + 6H 2 0)

carbon

dioxide

(from the

atmosphere)

This formula has several important differences. While there is still capture of Carbon Dioxide, there is no Oxygen breathed out. Similarly, there is no need for water to start the process. And most importantly, there is a manufacture of water. Water is a by-product of this reaction.

The UN Food and Agriculture committee has recently released studies showing that Bacterial Photosynthesis (which is what is described in this second formula) accounts for 20% of all energy captured on the earth. That amounts to a lot of water! So when you think of photosynthesis in future, think of this second formula too – and take some time to consider how we might grow these obviously symbiotic organisms with our plants. They make the same sugars but they also make water which our plants all need.

Ken Bellamy is the director of Townsville-based biotech company Vital Resource Management (VRM), Please e-mail questions to: enquiries@vrm.com.au

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