WELCOME to LeafLab



In this laboratory, you will perform simulations of experiments designed to study the reactions of photosynthesis as they occur in the leaves of different plants. Some of these plants perform C3 or C4 photosynthesis, some plants prefer shade over direct sunlight, while some plants in LeafLab have different numbers of chromosomes that will affect photosynthetic rates. By changing experimental parameters such as light intensity, light quality, temperature, gas flow, and carbon dioxide concentration, you will learn about the importance of each parameter by measuring the amount of carbon dioxide consumed by the plant cells in your experiment as they undergo the reactions of photosynthesis. Data collected from these experiments will be calculated to determine photosynthetic rates.

Objectives & Goals

The purpose of this laboratory is to:

Before You Begin: Prerequisites

Before beginning LeafLab you should be familiar with the following concepts: