Artificial creation of inversion-modeled chlorophyll-a substance not found in the natural world
Results are important for explaining the evolution of photosynthesis


A research group headed by Yoshitaka Saga, a professor of chemistry in the Department of Science, was successful in artificially creating "inversion-modeled chlorophyll"-a substance not found in the natural world.
The research showed that inversion-modeled chlorophyll can actually undergo photosynthesis. By building on these results, it is hoped that by artificially adjusting light used by photosynthetic organisms, we can control rate of growth, etc., paving the way for such things as increased crop production.
A scientific paper on this research was published online on Scientific Reports on November 9, 2020.

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