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Quantum secrets of photosynthesis process [Registered]

Researchers have developed a new method to probe the fundamental workings of photosynthesis. The new experimental technique could help scientists better understand the central mechanism of photosynthesis’ efficient sunlight-to-fuel conversion system. Plants and other photosynthetic organisms grow by harvesting the sun’s energy and storing it in chemical bonds. Antenna proteins, which are made up of multiple light-absorbing pigments, capture sunlight over a large surface area and then transfer the energy through a series of molecules to a reaction center where it kick-starts the process of building sugars. Photosynthetic processes take place in spaces so tightly packed with pigment molecules that…

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