Exploring the catalytic role of the Rubisco small subunit - a new target for improving CO2-fixation in plants.

    Project: Research

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    Description

    A solution for improving crop yield is to enhance photosynthesis. A target for biotechnological improvement is the CO2-fixing enzyme Rubisco whose catalytic inefficiencies often limit plant growth. This project will make use of our new technological capabilities that enables us to modify both the large and - finally - the small subunits of Rubisco in plant chloroplasts. We will use this capability to discover Nature's successful solutions for improving Rubisco performance and test how these changes impact plant photosynthesis and growth. This information is pivotal to the biotechnological efforts aimed at engineering a second Green Revolution in agriculture by supercharging photosynthesis to enhance crop productivity and resource use.
    StatusFinished
    Effective start/end date1/01/1331/12/13

    Funding

    • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$390,000.00

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