Bioscience

Biodesign Institute scientists offer new view of photosynthesis

May 26, 2007

By Flinn Foundation

A research team led by Neal Woodbury, at ASU’s Biodesign Institute, has come up with a new insight into the mechanism of photosynthesis, which involves the orchestrated movement of proteins on the timescale of a millionth of a millionth of a second. Their findings are described in in the May 4 issue of Science, “Protein Dynamics Control the Kinetics of Initial Electron Transfer in Photosynthesis.”

During photosynthesis, plants are capable of scavenging nearly every photon of available light energy to produce food. In order to examine the processes involved in photosynthesis, Dr Woodbury