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Hot-spring bacteria reveal ability to use far-red light for photosynthesis


August 20, 2014

a close view of a benthic microbial mat community Bacteria growing in near darkness use a previously unknown process for harvesting energy and producing oxygen from sunlight, a research team led by a Penn State University scientist has discovered. Full Story

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