Thursday, February 4, 2010

Quantum Mechanics At Work In Photosynthesis: Algae Familiar With These Processes For Nearly Two Billion Years

Phytoplankton. (Credit: NOAA MESA Project)

From Science Daily:

Science Daily (Feb. 4, 2010) — A team of University of Toronto chemists have made a major contribution to the emerging field of quantum biology, observing quantum mechanics at work in photosynthesis in marine algae.

"There's been a lot of excitement and speculation that nature may be using quantum mechanical practices," says chemistry professor Greg Scholes, lead author of a new study published in Nature. "Our latest experiments show that normally functioning biological systems have the capacity to use quantum mechanics in order to optimize a process as essential to their survival as photosynthesis."

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