MadSci Network: Biochemistry

Subject: Can electromagnetic interactions provide energy for photosynthesis?

Date: Mon Sep 29 19:21:24 2003
Posted by Stephen
Grade level: 10-12 School: Hilton Head Preparatory School
City: Hilton Head State/Province: SC Country: USA
Area of science: Biochemistry
ID: 1064881284.Bc

I had read recentely that the theory exists that all electromagnetic 
interactions are due to an exchange in photons. I am not well read in quantum 
mechanics or quark theory but I was wondering if these photons were the same 
as the photons that make up light energy and if the photons exchanged during 
some kind of electromagnetic interaction could be used to power photosynthesis 
for organisms without a source of direct light. That is, could you "rechannel" 
the photons to induce photosynthesis in the dark? Thanks again. 

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