Deep Ocean Photosynthesis in Bacteria

This is cool.

Most bacteria use photosynthesis, powered by sunlight to create sugars for fuel. Recently, a species of bactera was discovered that uses light given off by hydrothermic vents to power the photsynthetic reaction.


From the article:

The bacteria have a sophisticated antenna system that allows them to collect the low light emanating from hydrothermal vents, the researchers explain in a report published online this week by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This light energy is then transferred to the organism’s reaction center, where photosynthesis takes place. “This shows that photosynthesis is something that is not limited only to the very surface of our planet,” Blankenship says. “It lets you consider other places where you might find photosynthesis on Earth as well as on other planets.”

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