Supercharging CO2 fixation by plants

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Projects are availble aimed at discovering fundamental issues relating to Rubisco biogenesis, its manipulation in chloroplasts and influence of photosynthetic C-assimilation and plant growth.

As annual genetic gains through breeding strategies and agricultural land availability begin to lag behind demand the indications are we are heading for unsustainable global populations. Compounding the problem are the uncertainties of climate change. Strategies to improve crop yield potential have begun to examine aspects of supercharging photosynthesis as a means to precipitate a new 'green revolution'. Central to many of these strategies is addressing the catalytic inadequacies of Rubisco as these have a pervasive influence on the efficiency with which plants use their resources of water, nutrients and light (see Andrews and Whitney, 2003, Arch Biochem & Biophys 414: 159-169). A number of plants lines producing foreign, modified or greater amounts of Rubisco are available for molecular, biochemical and physiological analysis to discover fundamental issues relating to Rubisco biogenesis, its manipulation in chloroplasts and influence of photosynthetic C-assimilation and plant growth.

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