Enhance your teaching of photosynthesis: algal biofuels!

As a former biology teacher, I always loved teaching photosynthesis but struggled to make it interesting and relevant to students and found that although students could learn the overall equation for photosynthesis many could not identify what a plant did with the sugars it produced!  The PBS NOVA interactive From Pond Scum to Power describes the process of photosynthesis, tells what plants and algae do with the sugars created, and discusses why algae and other plants make oil and how algae oil gets converted to biodiesel. Perhaps learning about algal biofuels will help your students better understand photosynthesis and the potential for algae to help meet our future fuel needs.

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