Would chlorophyll's green pigment still be the best? or would plants be a different color?
New research published uses numerical models of chemistry and physics of photosynthesis to find the optimal wavelengths of light.
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It might be blue, or not even visible light.
The researchers' goal was to figure out where future telescopes should look for a red edge, or whatever color it is.
These findings could help scientists find vegetation on other planets in the next few decades.
Jan Ingenhousz published the research on photosynthesis in 1779.
Until recently, blue-green algae were thought to be the first organisms to photosynthesize, about 2.7 billion years ago.
In a 2018 study, scientists found out that ancient microbes have been photosynthesizing 1 billion years earlier than thought.
The earth's surface is covered with green plants and bacteria, which absorb a lot of red light and reflect a lot of visible and infrared light from the sun.
This leads to this really cool feature of life on earth: the red edge.
Researchers have uncovered a bacteria that uses stolen technology.
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