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Identification of enzyme regulating electron transport in photosynthesis will help in increasing crop productivity [Registered]

Researchers at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) have solved the 30-year puzzle and identified the enzyme that is involved in regulating electron transport during photosynthesis. Photosynthesis process is supported by a plant’s two photosystems, PSI and PSII. Each consists of a pigment-protein complex that uses solar energy to raise electrons to a higher energy level. These are then passed along a chain of electron acceptors, and the energy released is employed for synthesis of ATP, the “coinage” used for all energy transactions in cells. Electron transport can proceed along several different routes. So-called linear electron transport requires the participation of both PSI…

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