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Photosynthesis: Complex flexibilities

The core of the photosynthetic complex photosystem I had been assumed to require contact with its associated light-harvesting complex I to function. But a mutant Arabidopsis line lacking the components of this complex shows that a plant's photosynthetic apparatus is more adaptable to changes in its environment than previously thought.

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Figure 1: Novel supercomplexes of PSII and PSI generated by genetic variation.


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Leister, D. Photosynthesis: Complex flexibilities. Nature Plants 2, 16135 (2016).

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