Researchers managed to reduce the energy wasted from the process of photorespiration and allow up to 40 percent of crop yield in tobacco. A new study revealed how researchers 'hacked' plants by creating photorespiratory shortcuts.
Earth/Environment January 4, 2019
Researchers used semi-artificial photosynthesis to produce and store solar energy. What makes the method better compared with purely artificial photosynthesis techniques when it comes to generating renewable energy?
Energy September 4, 2018
Scientists revealed that a type of cyanobacteria called chroococcidiopsis absorbs low light and still produces oxygen. This organism can be used to help humans explore Mars.
Space June 15, 2018
A newly uncovered type of photosynthesis that occurs in blue-green algae could one day help humans create colonies in space. The researchers said their discovery could revolutionize photosynthesis as humans know it.
Space June 15, 2018
Quantum molecules in biological systems have the same behavior as those in nonliving matter. This could help in the development of nature-inspired technologies like solar energy storage and photosynthetic environments.
Energy May 23, 2018
Using iridium catalyst for artificial photosynthesis could pave way for more efficient means of harvesting and storing solar energy. What makes this better than generating clean energy using solar panels?
Energy March 5, 2018
To attain in-situ resource utilization in space missions and become self-reliant in food production, NASA has come up with an inflatable greenhouse deployable in space. This will address the food needs of astronauts on Mars or moon missions.
Space May 2, 2017
Scientists discovered an economically viable way to initiate a process similar to photosynthesis. The artificial photosynthesis process could potentially lead to greenhouse gases being reduced and help counter global warming.
Earth/Environment April 27, 2017
Contrary to the perception that trees absorb carbon dioxide in bulk, a study by Western Sydney University has shown that the capacity for storage of carbon dioxide is not substantial. This was proved in reference to Eucalyptus trees in Australia.
Earth/Environment March 9, 2017
The moon has been receiving oxygen produced during photosynthesis of plants on Earth over the past 2.4 billion years. What are the evidences that prove this?
Space January 31, 2017
An artificial leaf powered by sunlight copies nature's ability to produce food through photosynthesis. The device can be used to produce drug compounds in remote places such as planet Mars.
Energy December 21, 2016
Scientists at the University of Illinois have developed a way to increase food production by modifying a plant's ability to absorb energy from the sun. This new process can boost crop yields by as much as 14 to 20 percent.
Earth/Environment November 18, 2016
Peacock begonias have metallic blue leaves instead of green. Scientists discovered that this is the result of absorbing green light and reflecting the blue one, which may help the plants photosynthesize under thick forest canopies.
Earth/Environment October 26, 2016
The Begonia pavonina that lives in the dim rainforests of southeast Asia has metallic blue leaves. What is behind this color and how does it help the tropical plant adapt to its environment?
Earth/Environment October 24, 2016
A new solar cell converts carbon dioxide into hydrocarbon fuel using sunlight. The artificial leaf may help solve problems related to energy use.
Energy July 31, 2016
University of Copenhagen researchers recently genetically modified microalgae to transform sunlight into microalgae compounds for medication - a potentially cheap alternative to cancer drugs and other expensive compounds today.
Energy May 23, 2016
The system is self-regenerating, making it an ideal piece of environmentally-friendly technology.
Gadgets April 19, 2016
Reverse photosynthesis may pave the way for faster and greener industrial production. With the help of sunlight, energy sources and biofuels may be produced via natural and more efficient means.
Earth/Environment April 6, 2016
Scientists in Denmark have discovered a process called reverse photosynthesis, which uses sunlight to convert biomass into fuel. The discovery could revolutionize the production of industrial fuel and chemicals.
Energy April 5, 2016
Plants versus plants. Researchers found plants wage wars against each other to compete for sunlight. Plants rely on built-in, molecular light sensors that give off warnings when blue light is low, which pushes the plant towards accelerated cell growth to beat its rivals.
Animals December 29, 2015
Recent news coverage has mocked a rural North Carolina town for rejecting solar panels that suck up the sun's energy and cause cancer. Those reports are inaccurate.
Energy December 16, 2015
Researchers recently invented a power cell that harnesses algae energy, a potential renewable energy source to help reduce fossil fuel dependence. The good news: blue green algae are found everywhere.
Energy November 26, 2015
New research shows the fatter the coral, the more it can withstand bleaching events. Scientists have determined fat deposits help coral survive better over the long term.
Earth/Environment November 19, 2015
Writing in the journal 'Nature Genetics,' a research team from the University of Illinois and other organizations found that pineapples used crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM), a special form of photosynthesis. CAM plants can use a mere 20 percent of the water used by C3 plants, flourishing in dry lands and being better at drought resistance.
Animals November 4, 2015
Researchers were able to identify the genetic traits that allow pineapples to thrive in environments with limited water. Unlocking the secret to this ability can help scientists make other food crops become more adaptable to changes in the climate.
Animals November 3, 2015
Scientists found 3.2 billion year old rocks that contain oxygen made by bacteria. That evidence places oxygen on Earth about a billion years earlier than prior evidence.
Animals October 7, 2015
Corals deep in the Red Sea, far down where sunlight doesn't reach, glow with a rainbow of fluorescent colors. Researchers suggest that their pigments could have applications in medical imaging.
Animals June 25, 2015
Scientists in the fields of biology and astronomy come together in a new study to devise a technique that could help discover life on other planets. The investigation consists of computer simulations to detect spectral features of organisms.
Space June 25, 2015
A hybrid system mimics the natural photosynthesis of plants to create a 'green' chemical factory that could produce beneficial products, researchers say. The system could help the environment by using CO2 that would otherwise add to atmospheric warming, they say.
April 16, 2015
Unlike other multicellular organisms, the emerald sea slug (Elysia chlorotica) has the special ability to photosynthesize. It owes this to the gene that it 'steals' from the algae Vaucheria litorea.
Earth/Environment February 5, 2015
Sea slug found to perform genetic "heist," taking genes and cell parts from the algae it eats. That lets the sea slug perform photosynthesis like a plant and exist for long periods without food -- as long as it has sunlight.
Animals February 4, 2015
Oxygen may have been formed in the atmosphere of the early Earth, due to a lack of oxygen, a new study reveals.
Animals October 4, 2014
Researchers from University of Michigan look into the mystery of photosynthesis in the hope of gaining insight that would help in the development of solar cells and energy storage systems.
Earth/Environment July 20, 2014
Photosynthesis may be the most important chemical process on Earth, but little is known about it. For the first time, vibrations have been shown to play a crucial role in the reactions essential for life.
Animals July 17, 2014
Photosynthesis has been seen in action for the first time, which could help researchers develop a new generation of fuels.
Animals July 13, 2014
Water splitting is an integral step in photosynthesis because this is where oxygen is produced. Scientists finally got a shot at seeing the process unfold.
Earth/Environment July 12, 2014
Researchers use powerful laser to watch photosynthesis in action. Work could be a step on the way to engineering artificial photosynthesis, they say.
Energy July 11, 2014
By looking at how photosynthesis occurs in plants, scientists have identified why the process is so efficient. This small change could revolutionize renewable energy.
Energy February 20, 2014
By studying the way photosynthesis works in bacteria, researchers hope to create a new generation of highly versatile solar cells.
Energy February 18, 2014
Cyanobacteria living in oxygen-poor environments near underwater volcanoes and thermal vents reveal secrets of how their distant ancestors carried out respiration. Surprisingly, they used a protein essential for photosynthesis long before oxygen became available.
Animals February 10, 2014
Bangkok designers have conceptualized a eco-friendly bicycle to reduce pollution and clean the air.
FUTURE TECH December 12, 2013