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Form Follows Function When Plants Harvest Light

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Science  21 Jun 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5269, pp. 1743-1744
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5269.1743


Recent structural studies, including one reported in this issue (p. 1788), have been clarifying how photosynthetic organisms, ranging from bacteria to single-celled algae to higher plants, harvest the light they need. They show that the organisms' light-harvesting centers are carefully tailored to each species' ecological niche.