Photosynthesis and plant energy biology


The capture of CO2 by photosynthesis using sunlight is fundamental to the maintenance of life on earth. At the Research School of Biology, we study the energy metabolism of plants, algae and cyanobacteria, including the functioning of light capture, CO2 fixation and the interactions with respiration processes and how these determine growth and productivity of agricultural and natural ecosystems.


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A university degree that helps put food on the table

Laura Wey has used her undergraduate research experience at ANU to help grow a better future for us all.
Laura, originally from Sydney, is in her honours year of the Bachelor of Philosophy (PhB) conducting research that could determine the future of the...

Australia and the ‘genomics revolution’

From little things, big things could grow
We have heard about the government’s ‘Ideas Boom’. How about making ideas ‘bloom’? With the right policies, Australia could reap the rewards of an...

Elena Martin Avila

Research Background I studied a B.Sc. in Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Salamanca (Spain) and from there I moved to the UK to...

Farmer wants a future: meet an ANU student who wants to grow enough food for the world

Genetic modification can be a prickly subject to raise at the dinner table, but not if you are Hannah Osborn. Hannah is an ANU PhD student with a...

Graham Farquhar

1.      Group research focus Mainly interested in photosynthesis and water use, and how Nature has organised them at different scales from the...

Guillaume Tcherkez

Group research focus Our research is focused on understanding plant metabolism, mostly using stable isotopes (13C, 15N, 33S) and metabolomics. We use...

Michael Roderick

Lab research Mainly looking at how water availability has changed, both globally, and in Australia, and how it might change in future, with special...

Murray Badger

Lab research My lab is focussed on understanding the ways different photosynthetic organisms have adapted their photosynthetic biochemistry and...

Owen Atkin

Group research focus The major foci of my lab's research are understanding : (1) the role of genotype and environment in controlling variations in...

The evolutionary origin of higher plants

The transformation of green, photosynthetic algae from their original simple aquatic life to advanced terrestrial plants was a key event in the...


Plant scientist Professor Susanne von Caemmerer from The Australian National University (ANU) has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in the UK, the longest standing...
Perched 30m above the Daintree Rainforest, Australia’s latest piece of high-tech environmental surveillance kit is keeping watch. 24 hours a day the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research...
Susanne von Caemmerer was awarded the Peter Baume Award at the December 2016 ANU graduation and prizegiving ceremony. Named after former ANU Chancellor, Professor the Hon. Peter...
Australian researchers have discovered that the common Panic grasses could hold the secret to increasing the yields of cereal crops and help feed the world with increasing...
Kai Xun Chan (Pogson Lab, PS and ARC CoE Plant Energy Biology) has been awarded the JG Crawford prize for 2015, for his thesis entitled 'Structural and Functional Characterisation...
Research led by The Australian National University (ANU) is helping to develop food crops with bigger yields and greater ability to cope with drought compared with today’s plants...
A partnership between a plant scientist and a teacher has resulted in a trip to the impoverished rural region of Maliana in East Timor, to deliver a three-day workshop to 40...
It may not feel like it in Australia right now, but over the past year we’ve experienced the hottest global temperatures on instrumental record. This could spell bad news for...
International research led by The Australian National University (ANU) has found how plants, such as rice and wheat, sense and respond to extreme drought stress, in a breakthrough...
Scientists from the Centre have recently published their findings in the journal Plant Cell. Read full article here. This project is the result of student Florence Danila's PhD...

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