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Fundamental Breakthrough in Understanding Photosynthesis?

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Old 04-14-2007, 01:51 PM
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Default Fundamental Breakthrough in Understanding Photosynthesis?

>From Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, April 12, 2007:

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"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:

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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....":

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PhysicsWeb also has a piece:

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Quite interesting....

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