Active bicarbonate transporters from cyanobacteria: physiological properties, genetic regulation, and introduction into plants for crop improvement

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    The research will investigate an intriguing set of membrane proteins from marine cyanobacteria. These proteins support the crucial process of photosynthetic CO2 fixation by facilitating the uphill accumulation of bicarbonate into the cell. The data collected will contribute to our understanding of marine CO2 sequestration, as cyanobacteria are major contributors to global CO2 sequestration and foundational to the marine food web. Cyanobacterial bicarbonate transporters will also be transferred into a model plant to test whether the efficiency of photosynthesis can be improved, with corresponding gains in water-use efficiency. If successful this technology will have profound implications for improving crop production in semi-arid areas.
    Effective start/end date31/01/0531/01/08


    • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$310,000.00


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