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C4 Photosynthesis: past, present and future

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In 1966, two scientists working on sugar cane in Australia, made revolutionary discovery that changed plant sciences for ever: they discovered C4 photosynthesis.

2016 marks 50 years since the publication of the biochemical characterisation of the C4 pathway by Hal Hatch and Roger Slack.


To celebrate this occasion the ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis is holding a special Conference in Canberra from the 10 to the 13th of April, 2016.

The conference will bring together world experts in the field of C4 photosynthesis ranging from molecular genetics to ecophysiology to applied efforts to engineer C4 into C3 crops, and commemorates this discovery and its significance in today’s plant biology and agricultural research.

There will also be a public lecture given by Prof Rowan Sage from the University of Toronto, on “The evolution of C4 photosynthesis” at the Shine Dome of the Australian Academy of Science on the 12th April.


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Where: QT Hotel Conference Centre, Canberra, Australia

When: 10-13 April, 2016

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