Calvin cycle


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Calvin cycle

n.
A series of chemical reactions that occur as part of photosynthesis, in which carbon is broken away from gaseous carbon dioxide and fixed as organic carbon in compounds that are ultimately converted into sugars.

[After Melvin Calvin.]

Calvin cycle

n
(Botany) botany a series of reactions, occurring during photosynthesis, in which glucose is synthesized from carbon dioxide
[C20: named after Melvin Calvin, who elucidated it]
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It also lacks the Calvin cycle, which uses the carbon from carbon dioxide to build sugars, and it is unable to synthesize about half of the 20 essential amino acids.
An example is The Story of the Calvin Cycle, described here, in which students trace the biochemical steps of the Calvin cycle through a musical play.
In my classroom, the details of the Calvin cycle (formally the Calvin-Benson-Basham cycle) are presented after a general discussion of the big picture of photosynthesis in the global ecology of the planet.
the three major steps of the biochemical reactions in the Calvin cycle