Explain which cells, tissues, or organs should be modified to lead to successful photosynthesis in animals. Discuss how this compares to a plant’s leaves.

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Photosynthesis and Chloroplasts

You will read that only plants, algae, and some bacteria are photosynthetic. There is an exception to this, however. One species of sea slug has found a way to steal chloroplasts, store them in glands lining its digestive tract, and live on the sugar that is produced (Milius, 2010).

Focus your discussion on 1 of the following topics:

  • Describe at least 2 benefits and 2 drawbacks there might be for animal cells (including humans) to make their own food through photosynthesis.
  • Explain which cells, tissues, or organs should be modified to lead to successful photosynthesis in animals. Discuss how this compares to a plant’s leaves.
  • Describe at least 1 requirement for photosynthesis that would need to be considered for chloroplasts to function in an animal or a human.
  • Predict 2 or more consequences of photosynthesis in humans.

Recommended: Click on the following links to review materials to enhance your knowledge and assist with your discussion post.

Chloroplast-Stealing Sea Slug

Photosynthesis

Utilize at least 1 credible source to support the arguments presented in your post. Make sure you cite appropriately within your narrative and list the reference(s) in APA format.

References

Farabee, M. J. (2007). Photosynthesis. Retrieved from https://www2.estrellamountain.edu/faculty/farabee/BIOBK/BioBookPS.html

Milius, S. (2010). Green sea slug is part animal, part plant. Wired. Retrieved from http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/01/green-sea-slug/