photosynthetic

Transporting energy through a single molecular nanowire

Photosynthetic systems in nature transport energy very efficiently towards a reaction centre, where it is converted into a useful form for the organism….

Energy of the future: photosynthetic hydrogen from bacteria

The transition from fossil fuels to a renewable energy supply is one of the most important global challenges of the 21st century. In order to achieve the…

Next generation of greenhouses may be fully solar powered

“Plants only use some wavelengths of light for photosynthesis, and the idea is to create greenhouses that make energy from that unused light while allowing…

Rice to feed the world

Phase IV of the international C4 Rice Project has received the green light for the next 5 years. During this time an international team of scientists* want to…

New study tracks sulfur-based metabolism in the open ocean

A study by University of Washington oceanographers, published this summer in Nature Microbiology, looks at how photosynthetic microbes and ocean bacteria use…

How Plants Measure Their CO2 Uptake

When water is scarce, plants can close their pores to prevent losing too much water. This allows them to survive even longer periods of drought, but with the…

Atacama Desert: Some lichens can meet their need for water from air humidity

The Atacama Desert extends in the east of South America on a high plateau along the Pacific coast. Water vapour regularly rises here on the steep rocky coasts….

Essential tool for precision farming: new method for photochemical reflectance index measurement

Precision farming, which relies on spatially heterogeneous application of fertilizers, biologically active compounds, pesticides, etc., is one of the leading…

Using DNA templates to harness the sun's energy

In a recent paper published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS), a team of researchers led by Hao Yan, Yan Liu and Neal Woodbury of the…

How some algae may survive climate change

Green algae that evolved to tolerate hostile and fluctuating conditions in salt marshes and inland salt flats are expected to survive climate change, thanks to…

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