Key Photosynthesis Process Developed Before Oxygen
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ESD’s Bob Buchanan was part of a team of researchers who recently discovered that a regulatory process activating photosynthesis in plants developed in ancient microbes long before oxygen was available on Earth. This finding sheds light on the contemporary production of natural gas, with implications for climate change, agricultural production, and human health.
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