[Photosynthesis] Fundamental Breakthrough in Understanding
(by RoyalOui from gmail.com)
Sat Apr 14 09:05:19 EST 2007
>From Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, April 12, 2007:
"Quantum Secrets of Photosynthesis Revealed"
"BERKELEY, CA -Through photosynthesis, green plants and cyanobacteria
are able to transfer sunlight energy to molecular reaction centers for
conversion into chemical energy with nearly 100-percent efficiency.
Speed is the key - the transfer of the solar energy takes place almost
instantaneously so little energy is wasted as heat. How photosynthesis
achieves this near instantaneous energy transfer is a long-standing
mystery that may have finally been solved...."
Scientific American has a news summary about this research:
As does the journal Nature (in which the full article will be
published). "Knowing how plants and bacteria harvest light for
photosynthesis so efficiently could provide a clean solution to
mankind's energy requirements. The secret, it seems, may be the
coherent application of quantum principles....":
PhysicsWeb also has a piece:
Chemical and Engineering News:
Biology News Net:
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