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Quantum mechanics for plants

To what extent do photosynthetic organisms use quantum mechanics to optimize the capture and distribution of light? Answers are emerging from the examination of energy transfer at the submolecular scale.

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Figure 1: Designs for energy transfer.

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Fleming, G., Scholes, G. Quantum mechanics for plants. Nature 431, 256–257 (2004). https://doi.org/10.1038/431256a

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