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Energy for Life

Author(s): Nancy Moreno, PhD, and Paula Cutler, BS.

Energy for Living Organisms

All living things on Earth require energy to maintain themselves, move, grow and reproduce. Plants, green algae and other photosynthetic organisms are able to build all of the materials they need from very simple chemicals. Using energy from light, these organisms, known as producers, are able to manufacture carbohydrates from water and carbon dioxide. All other organisms, considered consumers, ultimately rely on food from producers.


Funded by the following grant(s)

National Space Biomedical Research Institute

National Space Biomedical Research Institute

This work was supported by National Space Biomedical Research Institute through NASA cooperative agreement NCC 9-58.