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Life Under the Sun$
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Peter A. Ensminger

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780300088045

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300088045.001.0001

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Photosynthesis and the Great Salt Lake

Photosynthesis and the Great Salt Lake

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Life Under the Sun

Pete A. Ensminger

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the diversity of life, its classification into Eukarya, Eubacteria, and Archaea and their evolutionary relationships. It further investigates Halobacterium salinarum, which completely lacks chlorophyll but uses bacteriorhodopsin to perform photosynthesis and sunlight as a source of energy and information. The mechanism of photosynthesis is also analyzed. This chapter also discusses bacteriorhodopsin-based computers and the study of chemical dynamics of proteins. The sensory rhodopsins that are present in Halobacterium are also discussed.

Keywords:   Eukarya, Eubacteria, Archaea, Halobacterium salinarum, bacteriorhodopsin, chemical dynamics, proteins, photosynthesis, rhodopsins

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