Brian Cox: Jellyfish and Photosynthesis

Professor Brian Cox sees photosynthesis in action, investigating a unique type of jellyfish that have evolved to carry algae within their bodies and feed off the glucose the plants create.

Professor Brian Cox sees photosynthesis in action, investigating a unique type of jellyfish that haveevolved to carry algae within their bodies and feed off the glucose the plants create. Diving in the one lake in Palau in Micronesia where they are found, he observes how the golden jellyfish move towards the light of the sun throughout the day to increase photosynthesis. The symbiotic relationship between the two species allows the jellyfish to live off the glucose the algae produce. The chemical reaction is shown in formulae. This is an example of how photosynthesis powers food webs and ecosystems all over the globe.

Teacher Notes

Teaching Biology?Teacher? KS4 Can be used to reinforce the chemical process of photosynthesis, and to discuss adaptation, symbiosis and food chains. Students should watch the clip and then explain how both organisms benefit from this arrangement. They could then research other examples of symbiotic relationships.

Curriculum Notes

These clips will be relevant for teaching Biology and Science at KS4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4/5 in Scotland. The topics discussed will support OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 and Higher in Scotland.