The First Oxygen-Generating Synthetic Leaf

A breakthrough in nature imitation has the world of science abuzz. More specifically, synthetic biological leaves that were created by Julian Melchiorri, a graduate of the London-based Royal College of Art has the scientific world rocking. The Silk Leaf was a collaboration of Melchiorri with a silk laboratory at Tufts University. The leaf, Melchiorri claims, is able to produce oxygen when exposed to merely light and water. You've heard that right folks, this leaf is able to generate oxygen without the aid of food nor sunlight. Is this a potential answer to deforestation?