Hybrid Interfaces for Electron and Energy Transfer Based on Photosynthetic Proteins

Authored by: R. Roberto Tangorra , Alessandra Antonucci , Francesco Milano , Simona la Gatta , Gianluca M. Farinola , Angela Agostiano , Roberta Ragni , Massimo Trotta

Handbook of Photosynthesis

Print publication date:  March  2016
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9781482230734
eBook ISBN: 9781482230758
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b19498-14

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Abstract

Sunlight is the most abundant energy source for the planet earth [1]: in 1 h, Earth receives the amount of energy needed by mankind in 1 year. Only photosynthetic organisms, however, are able to use solar energy, trapping solar energy and converting it in highly valuable energetic compounds as biomass. Photosynthesis can hence be considered as one of the cornerstone biological processes in the biosphere, since life  on earth, directly or indirectly, depends on it. Modern civilization has a further reason to cherish photosynthesis as the energy stored in fossil fuels originates from sunlight captured by plants during the Carboniferous period. The careless use of fossil energy reserves is posing severe problems to the well-being of mankind’s future generations [2].

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