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Biochim Biophys Acta. 2007 Oct;1767(10):1189-93. Epub 2007 Jul 24.

Entropy production and the Second Law in photosynthesis.

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Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627-0171, USA. rsk@pas.rochester.edu

Abstract

An assertion that the primary photochemistry of photosynthesis can violate the Second Law of thermodynamics in certain efficient systems has been put forward by Jennings et al., who maintain their position strongly despite an argument to the contrary by Lavergne. We identify a specific omission in the calculation of Jennings et al. and show that no violation of the Second Law occurs, regardless of the photosynthetic efficiency.

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PMID:
17720134
DOI:
10.1016/j.bbabio.2007.07.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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