Rodrigo Pérez Ortega

Writing Intern

Photo of green leafy plants in close-up.
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Why Are Plants Green? To Reduce the Noise in Photosynthesis.

July 30, 2020

Plants ignore the most energy-rich part of sunlight because stability matters more than efficiency, according to a new model of photosynthesis.

About the author

Rodrigo Pérez Ortega covers life sciences for Quanta magazine. He studied biomedical sciences with a focus on neuroscience at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He started his journalism career as a correspondent and editor for Medscape en Español. He later completed his master’s degree in science communication at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His work has also appeared in ScienceThe New York TimesNatureScience News and Knowable, among others.