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Dec. 6, 2021

Photon to plate

How increasing the photosynthetic efficiency of potatoes could lead to a greener future

Improving the photosynthetic power-plants in crops could mean using less fossil fuel derived energy supplements in crop cultivation and lead to a second green revolution according to a new life-cycle assessment, or LCA, from the Walker lab ;at the Michigan State University-Department of Energy (MSU-DOE) Plant Research Laboratory (PRL), finds.

Laboratory Technician Heather Roney and Berkley Walker, assistant professor in the MSU Department of Plant Biology in the College of Natural Science and PRL faculty member, created an LCA looking at the amount of energy used to create fresh-cut French fries from the cultivation of the crop to when the fries are served–from photon to plate. The study was recently published in the journal "Food and Energy Security."

For the full story, visit the College of Natural Science website.

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