Artificial photosynthesis can produce food in complete darkness

Plants that grow in complete darkness

Plants grow in complete darkness in an acetate medium that replaces biological photosynthesis. Credit: Marcus Harland-Dunaway / UCR


Photosynthesis is the way plants and some microorganisms use sunlight to synthesize carbohydrates from carbon dioxide and water.

“data-gt-translate-attributes =”[{” attribute=””>photosynthesis is being developed by researchers to help make food production more energy-efficient on Earth, and maybe one day on DOI: 10.1038/s43016-022-00530-x

Andres Narvaez, Dang Le, and Sean Overa also contributed to the research. The open-access paper is entitled “A hybrid inorganic–biological artificial photosynthesis system for energy-efficient food production.”

The research was supported by the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) through NASA (NNX16AO69A), Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), the Link Foundation, the U.S. National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Energy. The content of this publication is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research.

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