Photosynthesis in the forest
Photosynthesis provides us with most of the oxygen we breathe. By storing carbon above and below the ground, forests contribute to the production of oxygen as a by-product of photosynthesis. Trees and plants in our forests perform photosynthesis when carbon dioxide circulates through the trunk, needles, leaves and flowers.
The natural process of photosynthesis comes as a direct result of trees using the sun's energy to transform water, carbon dioxide and minerals into the air we need to survive. Trees absorb carbon, which makes their wood strong, helping them to grow taller day in and day out and produce oxygen throughout their lifetime.
Forests and photosynthesis also play a vital role in removing CO2 from the atmosphere to mitigate the impact of CO2 emissions on our environment.
Learn more about photosynthesis in this fact sheet and by watching the Forest Fact Break video.