New type of photosynthesis discovered

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New type of photosynthesis discovered

Post by admin » May 17th, 2019, 9:01 am

The discovery changes our understanding of the basic mechanism of photosynthesis and should rewrite the textbooks. It will also tailor the way we hunt for alien life and provide insights into how we could engineer more efficient crops that take advantage of longer wavelengths of light.

The discovery, published in Science, was led by Imperial College London, supported by BBSRC, and involved groups from the ANU in Canberra, the CNRS in Paris and Saclay and the CNR in Milan.

The vast majority of life on Earth uses visible red light in the process of photosynthesis, but the new type uses near-infrared light instead. It was detected in a wide range of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) when they grow in near-infrared light, found in shaded conditions like bacterial mats in Yellowstone and in beach rock in Australia.

As scientists have now discovered, it also occurs in a cupboard fitted with infrared LEDs in Imperial College London.
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Further details: https://bbsrc.ukri.org/news/fundamental ... iscovered/

News release by the British Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), July 18, 2018
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