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June 27, 2020 - Interesting Engineering

Scientists Uncover Why Plants Are Green

Scientists Uncover Why Plants Are Green
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An international team of researchers, led by physicist Nathaniel M. Gabor at the University of California, Riverside, has finally uncovered why plants are green. To achieve this, they built a model that reproduces a general feature of photosynthetic light-harvesting.

"Our model shows that by absorbing only very specific colors of light, photosynthetic organisms may automatically protect themselves against sudden changes - or 'noise' - in solar energy, resulting in remarkably efficient power conversion," said in a statement Gabor, an associate professor of physics and astronomy, who led the study.

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