The hot pepper plant itself is photosynthetic, so it gets most of its nutrients from the sun. Photosynthesis is commonly shown in an equation like this:

6CO2 + 6H2O + Sunlight >>> C6H12O6 + 6O2

The hot pepper is an autotrophic plant and converts inorganic matter and sunlight into organic matter like it shows in both the above and below graphics. Through the process of photosynthesis, plants convert carbon dioxide and water into simple sugars.



Green plants like the hot peppers are primary producers in any food web since they synthesize and store the energy sources of all other organisms. This plays a major role in the cycle of life, because without this starting point, we wouldn't be able to get any kind of energy! 


Tertiary Consumers              

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Secondary Consumers                      (flow of energy)


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Primary Consumers                            (flow of energy)

Primary Producers                              (flow of energy)


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In order to obtain the rest of the nutrients that the hot pepper needs, it takes part in a mutualistic symbiosis with the fungi  Glomeromycota. That's all I'm going to say about that for now, but don't worry, I will come back to it in full force on the Interactions page!

For now though, you can go on and move ahead to the life history and reproduction of hot peppers!