Algal library lends insights into photosynthesis

It isn't easy being green. It takes thousands of genes to build the photosynthetic machinery that plants need to harness sunlight for growth. And yet, researchers don't know exactly how these genes work. Now, a team led by Princeton University researchers has constructed a public "library" to help researchers find out what each gene does. Using the library, the team identified 303 genes associated with photosynthesis, including 21 newly discovered genes with high potential to provide new insights into this life-sustaining biological process.

Provided by Princeton University Office of the Dean for Research

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