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February 3, 2009

Simulating the Evolution of Photosynthesis

A study published in the journal Plant Physiology describes how a team of researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have used a supercomputer to design a photosynthetic pathway which is 76 percent more efficient than natural pathways. Photosynthesis is a critical biological process in plants which uses sunlight to convert water and carbon dioxide into oxygen and energy stored as carbohydrates. Attempts to improve crop yields without increasing the use of nitrogen-based fertilizers have led to an interest in improving the energy-amassing processes of photosynthesis.

Stephen Long, professor of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois and a member of the research team, is optimistic about using findings from the simulation to support evolution of more powerful pathways in living plants.

Posted by BlogAuthor1 at February 3, 2009 11:24 PM
category: Artificial Invention

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