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Protecting resources from oxygen damage

Vital to life on this planet, oxygen has a sinister and ravenous side that harms plants and biofuel production. That's why the Department of Energy's Office of Science supports research to tame oxygen's dark side.

dateJun 20, 2017 in Biotechnology
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How plants prevent oxidative stress

When excess light energy is absorbed by plants during photosynthesis, harmful reactive oxygen species are produced. These reactive oxygen species break down important structures such as proteins and membranes, preventing ...

dateJun 08, 2017 in Biotechnology
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A genomic take on geobiology

Scientists know that atmospheric oxygen irreversibly accumulated on Earth around 2.3 billion years ago, at a time known as the Great Oxidation Event, or GOE. Prior to that time all life was microbial, and most, if not all, ...

dateJun 06, 2017 in Earth Sciences
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