The invention provides method and compositions to minimize the chlorophyll antenna size of photosynthesis by decreasing TLA1 gene expression, thereby improving solar conversion efficiencies and photosynthetic productivity in plants, e.g., green microalgae, under bright sunlight conditions.
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 This invention was made with Government support under Grant (Contract) Nos. DE-FC36-00GO10536 and DE-FG36-05GO15041 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.