Søren Laurentius Nielsen nielsen at
Mon Apr 19 02:29:01 EST 1999

I think that question is very difficult indeed to answer for any
specific plant. The theoretical maximum efficiency of photosynthesis
as a process is about 33%. The actual efficiency of a specific plant
will be lower than that.

On Mon, 19 Apr 1999 00:59:50 -0400, "David C. Baker"
<tonyr at> wrote:

>How efficient are plants in the conversion of solar energy? Say an oak tree.
>How efficient is an oak tree in turning light into chemical energy? 20%?
>Thanks. Just a curious.
>David C. Baker
>tonyr at

Søren Laurentius Nielsen
Department of Life Sciences and Chemistry
Roskilde University, Denmark
nielsen at
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