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July 17, 2017

Harnessing the right amount of sunshine

Study reveals the mechanisms of a protein that helps moss and green algae defend against too much light.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office

Photosynthesis, which allows energy from the sun to be converted into life-sustaining sugars, can also be hazardous to green plants. If they absorb too much sunlight, the extra energy destroys their tissue.