Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Quantum biology: Algae evolved to switch quantum coherence on and off

Scientists have discovered how algae that survive in very low levels of light are able to switch on and off a weird quantum phenomenon that occurs during photosynthesis. The function in the algae of this quantum effect, known as coherence, remains a mystery, but it is thought it could help them harvest energy from the sun much more efficiently. Working out its role in a living organism could lead to advances such as better organic solar cells.



from Geochemistry News -- ScienceDaily http://ift.tt/1r2si9k

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