Connecting Photosynthetic Light Harvesting and Charge Separation at Higher Detail


  • I thank the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the European Research Council for support.


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Beside the unique reaction center, efficient organismic photosynthesis requires additional arrays of chromophores to harvest photons and direct them by resonance energy transfer to the interspersed sites of charge separation. A crystal structure of the complex of a bacterial reaction center with light-harvesting complex I now reveals new details on how the storage ring interacts with and connects to the site of charge separation.