First X-ray portraits of living bacteria captured
First X-ray portraits of living bacteria captured

In a first step toward possible X-ray exploration of processes that are important to biology, human health and our environment, researchers have captured the first X-ray portraits of living bacteria.

Scientists closer to making fuel from water and sun

Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have moved one step closer to turning water and sunlight into sustainable fuel by successfully replicating a crucial step in photosynthesis.

Future air quality may put plants at risk
Future air quality may put plants at risk

By 2050, cumulative exposure to ozone during the summer will be high enough to damage vegetation, estimates an international research team. (13:30)

`Semi-artificial leaf` shows faster photosynthesis than natural counterpart

Scientists have developed a novel method that allowed them to successfully hack into Gmail with up to 92 per cent accuracy.

Spinach may help convert sunlight into clean alternative fuel

Popeye`s favourite snack spinach, which gave the cartoon character super strength, also has the ability to convert sunlight into a clean, efficient alternative fuel.

First ever pic of `photosynthesis in action` revealed

A new study has shown the first snapshots of photosynthesis in action as it splits water into protons, electrons and oxygen, the process that maintains Earth`s oxygen atmosphere.

Satellite technology to measure plant energy activity

In what could provide an improved tool to evaluate the productivity of the breadbaskets of the world - such as the Indo-Gangetic plain, scientists have for the first time made use of satellite technology to measure photosynthetic activity as it occurs around the planet.

Earth breathed first 3 billion years ago!

It was generally believed that cyanobacteria, the blue-green algae, that evolved photosynthesis appeared 2.5 billion years ago when the `Great Oxidation Event` (a spike in oxygen levels) happened.

Satellite to track plant health using fluorescence

It`s not just us `humans`, but plants also glow when they are well. Radiant skin is considered a sign of good health in humans and now plants too.

Maths used to study photosynthesis in new super-crops

Scientists have identified the path that led to the development of new super-crops, which use an advanced form of photosynthesis.

Scientists find way to boost crop yield

Scientists have found a way to improve yields of some crops by understanding their evolutionary process that made them significantly more productive than others over the years, a study said.

Oxygen appeared on Earth much earlier than thought

A new study suggests that oxygen appeared in the atmosphere up to 700 million years earlier than it was earlier believed, raising new questions about the evolution of early life.

NASA uses satellites to track photosynthesis

NASA scientists have used satellites to measure what`s occurring inside plants at the cellular level, a finding that can help better crop assessment.

How oxygen came into existence on earth

One of science`s greatest mysteries is how and when oxygenic photosynthesis-the process responsible for producing oxygen on Earth through the splitting of water molecules-first began.

Hormone auxin helps plants to grow towards light

The growth of plants toward light is particularly important at the beginning of their lifecycle.

Photosynthesis evolved soon after life appeared on earth

Scientists studying the world’s oldest sedimentary rocks have claimed that about 3.8 billion years ago - not long after life appeared on Earth - an early form of photosynthesis may have evolved on the planet.

World`s oldest sedimentary rocks reveal photosynthesis` early origins

Scientists studying the world`s oldest sedimentary rocks have claimed that about 3.8 billion years ago, an early form of photosynthesis may have evolved.

Indian origin scientist unlocks some key secrets of photosynthesis

A new study led by an Indian origin scientist is trying to detail the individual steps of highly efficient reactions that convert sunlight into chemical energy within plants and bacteria.

How photosynthesis originated

Atmospheric oxygen really took off on our planet about 2.4 billion years ago during the Great Oxygenation Event.

‘Artificial leaf’ tech to power cars?

British scientists claim to be working on a project to produce an oil substitute, using photosynthesis.