E. Gieschen
Video Librarian
Sept/Oct 2011

In this breakdown of the process of photosynthesis, viewers learn how plants convert three basic ingredients - sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water - into nutrition in the form of glucose. Chockfull of relevant vocabulary, the program combines nature footage with graphics and on-screen equations to demonstrate complex chemical cycles. Along the way, key scientific concepts are explained (ranging from cell structure to the physics of light). A solid introduction to "one of the most important processes on the planet" - crucial to sustaining life as we know it - Photosynthesis assumes basic prior knowledge of chemistry and biology terminology. An instructor's manual is included.  Other new titles in The Biology of Plants series include: Exploring Plant Reproduction, Investigating Plant Structure and Function, Investigating Simple Plants, Origin and Diversity of Plants and Plant Growth, Development, and Response.