Like plants do: non-classical photosynthesis by earth’s inorganic semiconducting minerals

IMAGE: Earth-abundant minerals convert sunlight into chemical energy, hinting at the evolution of photosynthesis in early bacteria view more  Credit: Earth Science Frontiers Photosynthesis, the process by which plants and other organisms convert sunlight into chemical energy, has been a major player during the evolution of life and our planet’s atmosphere. Although most of the ins […]

Light signal emitted during photosynthesis used to quickly screen crops — ScienceDaily

An international effort called Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE) aims to transform crops’ ability to turn sunlight and carbon dioxide into higher yields. To achieve this, scientists are analyzing thousands of plants to find out what tweaks to the plant’s structure or its cellular machinery could increase production. University of Illinois researchers have revealed a […]

During COVID, scientists turn to computers to understand C4 photosynthesis

by Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign When their lab shut down due to COVID, RIPE researchers from the University of Essex turned to computational methods to find out how C4 plants like corn express several key enzymes in specialized cells. Credit: Brian Stauffer/University of Illinois When COVID closed […]