Monday, February 11, 2008

Life Finds a Way

TreeHugger reported an amazing discovery in the South Pacific has revealed the existence of a new type of chlorophyll: Chlorophyll D. Chlorophyll is what gives plants their green color and it is responsible for absorbing sunlight necessary for photosynthesis.

Chlorophyll D is unique in that it allows Acaryochloris marina to absorb energy from the sun closer to the infrared spectrum than other plants and bacteria.

Such a finding could potentially revolutionize the production of solar energy: According to Blankenship, it might become possible to harvest solar power through plants or other photosynthetic organisms by genetically modifying them with the chlorophyll d gene. This could lead to the creation of solar power "factories" that are able to make and store large amounts of solar energy.
Read more at TreeHugger.

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