Aug. 22, 2012
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Photosynthesis-like Process Found in a Small Insect

Photosynthesis - basically - is a process that is mainly used by plants to convert sunlight into chemical energy.In a recent publication in the journal Scientific Reports researchers now found that a photosynthesis like mechanism in aphids (Acyrthosiphon pisum).

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Jean Christophe Valmalette, Aviv Dombrovsky, Pierre Brat, Christian Mertz, Maria Capovilla & Alain Robichon: Light- induced electron transfer and ATP synthesis in a carotene synthesizing insect. Scientific Reports 2, Article number: 579. doi:10.1038/srep00579

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