Algae is not a plant, it is a protista; however, it shares many qualities with plants. Like plants, algae can perform photosynthesis. More »

According to HowStuffWorks, some types of algae reproduce asexually through the division of one cell into two or even more new cells that are genetically similar to the original parent cell. Other types of algae engage i... More »

Among the creatures that eat algae are some kinds of turtles and fish. Aquatic invertebrates, such as limpets, and some species of crab and shrimp also consume algae. More »

According to the Botanical Society of America, botany is the scientific study of plants, which includes algae, fungi, lichens, mosses, ferns and flowering plants. The people who work in botany, or botanists, can choose f... More » Science Biology Botany

Photosynthesis occurs in plants and certain types of algae, in the structures known as chloroplasts. The leaves of a plant are the primary location where photosynthesis takes place, with very little occurring in the stem... More »

Although they are sometimes called "blue-green algae," cyanobacteria are not plants and are prokaryotes, while green algae are plants and are eukaryotes. Both types of organisms obtain their energy from photosynthesis, b... More »

The primary function of the Calvin cycle is to convert carbon dioxide in the air into sugar, which plants and algae use as food. Plants depend directly on the Calvin cycle for the energy they need to grow and reproduce. ... More »