Rubisco: an enzyme for all seasons


The performance of the CO2-fixing enzyme, Rubisco, is often one of the limiting steps in photosynthesis, and hence can greatly affect crop yield. In addition to the catalytic short-comings of Rubisco, many modern crop cultivars likely possess sub-optimal enzymes because they are grown in climates different from the ones experienced by their ancestors. This creates the yield-increasing potential for crops that might be realized by transgenic modification of their Rubisco to better fit climates they grow in as well as the future climates to come. Tailored modifications aimed to increase the carboxylation rate of Rubisco could also complement ongoing transgenic attempts to introduce carbon concentrating mechanisms into crops to help to improve resource use efficiency by reducing the costs of photorespiration.

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Date & time

1–2pm 9 July 2014


Gould Seminar Room,
(Rm 235) Gould Building (Bldg. 116)
Linnaeus Way, ANU


Dr Maxim Kapralov, Whitney Group, PS


 Gagan Bhardwaj
 +61 2 612 59395

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