The Centre has four research programs which interlink with each other

Each research program is focussed on the linkage between fundamental science and translating that to improved field performance to optimise the opportunities for increasing plant yield. At the same time, the Centre’s researchers are seeking to answer some of the fundamental questions about the most important biological process on earth: photosynthesis.   These questions are:
  • How to manipulate the fundamental photosynthetic properties of plants which determine light, water and nitrogen-use efficiency.
  • How to alter the molecular properties and function of the primary CO2 fixing enzyme, Rubisco.
  • Gaining fundamental insights into how to change the properties of light harvesting in plants and algae to increase light harvesting efficiency and broaden the action spectrum.
  • How to harness the power of modern plant phenomics, genome sequencing and modern plant breeding to identify improved photosynthetic traits and their underlying genetic determinants.
  • Developing biologically-based computational approaches to devise new strategies for achieving improved photosynthesis and growth.
If the Centre’s researchers can make scientific advances in any of these areas, these advances could transform the potential efficiency – and productivity – of plants capturing sunlight and using CO2 for leaf and seed production – which are the basis of the world’s food crops.

Our Researchers

The Centre brings together researchers who are internationally recognised in areas of photosynthesis including photosynthetic CO2 fixation, thylakoid electron transport, light harvesting, photosynthetic water and nitrogen-use efficiency, stomatal biology, photosynthetic modelling, plant phenomics, crop growth modelling and plant improvement.

Our position on the use of genetic technologies

The Centre uses different approaches to improve photosynthesis and increase yield on major food crops,  and one of them is the use of genetic technologies.

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