How plant cells neutralize the potential for self-harm: Understanding how plants minimize self-inflicted harm could help scientists engineer crops with improved yields and fight hunger in a changing climate

Photosynthesis makes our atmosphere oxygen-rich and forms the bedrock of our food supply. But under changing or stressful environmental conditions, the photosynthetic process can become unbalanced, resulting in an excess of highly reactive oxygen molecules that could cause cellular damage if they aren't neutralized. New work explores how the photosynthetic algae Chlamydomonas shields itself from this potential danger.