The chloroplast connection

Blue-green algae may look simple, but their photosynthetic apparatus certainly isn't. Its mode of assembly remains puzzling, but the loss of a small protein, variants of which are found in higher plants, clearly causes a ...

Seeing the big picture in photosynthetic light harvesting

To understand what goes on inside a beehive you can't just study the activity of a single bee. Likewise, to understand the photosynthetic light-harvesting that takes place inside the chloroplast of a leaf, you can't just ...

Fusion protein controls design of photosynthesis platform

Chloroplasts are the solar cells of plants and green algae. In a process called photosynthesis, light energy is used to produce biochemical energy and the oxygen we breathe. Thus, photosynthesis is one of the most important ...

SANS: a unique technique to look inside plants' leaves

Plants' leaves capture the sunlight and convert it into the energy used to produce nutrients for their activities. This process is accomplished thanks to the presence of the thylakoid membrane system. While it is known that ...