Secondary technology of Tier 2
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- "Like the sun, I shine upon my disciples. Like the flowers, they turn to me and blossom."
- Kavitha Thakur, Bhagavad 4
Understanding the protein complexes involved in photosynthesis in the primitive angiosperms of this planet became the goal of a small group of dedicated scientists after landing. After decades of research in photochemistry, they found that the thylakoid membranes of the algae and cyanobacteria of this planet could be stimulated by infusions of ferredoxin and quinone. Using genetic technology, this trait could be transferred to a broad range of flora, both native and Earth-derived. Efficiency of both photosystems I and II could be exponentially increased in controlled environment labs (termed “growlabs”), with dramatic increases in growth rate and yield of food and pharmacological crops the result. Research in native photosystems continues, with interest now focused on the operation of pheophytin and carotenoids in the photosynthesis process of local plants.