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July 25, 2013 AT 5:07 pm

Seeing photosynthesis from space

Seeing Photosynthesis from Space: NASA Scientists Use Satellites to Measure Plant Health via Gizmodo

Healthy plants use the energy from sunlight to perform photosynthesis, and re-emit some of that light as a faint but measureable glow. In short, abundant fluorescence indicates active photosynthesis and a well functioning plant, while low or no fluorescence can mean that the plant is stressed or shutting down. Maps of the phenomenon give scientists a direct look at plant health.


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