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Plants inherited ability to sense red light from ancient algae

[Global] The light-sensing molecules that tell plants whether to germinate, when to flower and which direction to grow were inherited millions of years ago from ancient algae, says a new study released in the journal Nature Communications. Continue reading Plants inherited ability to sense red light from ancient algae

Analysis tracks origins of algal light sensors to a shared ancestor one billion years ago

Researchers determined the origin of a group of protein-based light sensors in land plants and a series of related phytoplankton by sequencing and comparing RNA in these genomes.

Marine phytoplankton are considered responsible for roughly half of the global Continue reading Analysis tracks origins of algal light sensors to a shared ancestor one billion years ago