Public Lecture: Food for the future demands radical agriculture: the C4 rice challenge

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Join Professor Jane Langdale, an expert in the genetic mechanisms that underpin how leaves develop and evolved, in a lecture about photosynthesis, food production and the C4 rice project.

Speaker: Professor Jane Langdale, University of Oxford

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Date: 26 April 2018 Time: 4:30 pm followed by a networking event.

Location: Discovery Centre, North Road CSIRO Black Mountain, ACT.

Contact: Gonzalo Estavillo e-mail:



Discovered 50 years ago in Australia, C4 Photosynthesis is one of the most efficient ways plants transform sunlight into food.

The C4 Rice Project is one of the scientific ‘Grand Challenges’ of the 21st Century. Due to predicted population increases and a general trend towards urbanization, land that provided enough rice to feed 27 people in 2010 will need to support 43 by 2050. Introduction of ‘C4‘ traits into rice is predicted to increase photosynthetic efficiency by 50%, improve nitrogen use efficiency and double water use efficiency. The project therefore represents one of the most plausible approaches to enhancing crop yield and increasing resilience in the face of reduced land area, decreased use of fertilizers and less predictable supplies of water.

Professor Jane Langdale will present the progress towards achieving this goal.(

About Professor Jane Langdale

Jane Langdale is Professor of Plant Development in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford.

Her research focusses on understanding the genetic mechanisms that underpin how leaves develop and how they evolved (

She is currently co-ordinator of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded C4 Rice Project ( and an elected Member of the European Molecular Biology  Organization and a Fellow of the Royal Society.