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Plants, algae, and even some types of bacteria employ the process of photosynthesis to transform sunlight into oxygen and chemical energy that can be stored as sugar (aka gluclose). But how does one of nature’s most significant processes work?These are questions that a team of researchers led by the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) hope to answer as they used quantum chemical calculations to examine a photosynthesis protein complex known as photosystem I (PSI) in hopes of better understanding the complete process of photosynthesis and how plants are able to convert sunlight to energy, specifically pertaining to how chlorophylls and the reaction center play their roles in the process.

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