Latest Photosynthesis Stories
At night, plants must utilize nutrient reserves efficiently until dawn and new research from the John Innes Centre in England has found that some plants use basic math to survive without sunlight for photosynthesis.
The efficient conversion of sunlight into useful energy is one of the challenges which stand in the way of meeting the world's increasing energy demand in a clean, sustainable way without relying on fossil fuels.
Rising Arctic temperatures are causing permafrost soils to thaw at unprecedented rates, and NASA scientists are currently looking into just how much greenhouse gas is being released through soil decomposition.
A new study, published in Nature Geoscience, suggests that human activity might be increasing the transition of carbon from land to rivers, estuaries and the coastal zones. This indicates that large quantities of anthropogenic carbon might be hidden in previously unconsidered regions.
A team of researchers has captured images of green alga consuming bacteria, offering a glimpse at how early organisms dating back more than 1 billion years may have acquired free-living photosynthetic cells.
The Amazon rainforest is known as the lungs of the planet because it inhales carbon dioxide and exudes oxygen into the atmosphere. The plants of the forest use the carbon dioxide to promote leafy growth, which eventually falls to the ground and decomposes or washes away by the region’s plentiful rainfall.
One of the key elements to understanding the proliferation of life on Earth is modeling how electron transfer – the passage of an electron from one element to another – can be catalyzed. But the environmental conditions on Earth some 3 billion years ago were much different than they are today.
Certain assumptions were made by UC Santa Barbara doctoral student Seeta Sistla and her adviser, environmental studies professor Josh Schimel, when they traveled north recently to study the effects of long-term warming on the carbon storage of the Arctic.
The sun provides the most abundant source of energy on the planet. However, only a tiny fraction of the solar radiation on Earth is converted into useful energy.
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