The project aims at increasing growth rates and yield of crop plants by improving their carbon fixing capabilities. It gathers the expertise of eight European laboratories with state-of-the-art structural and molecular biology techniques to map and characterise the carbon fixing enzyme ribulose.. 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (Rubisco) from marine arctic algae, which have been found to harbor a superior form of Rubisco. The feasibility of exploiting the results for agriculture will be tested in two model studies in which the endogenous Rubisco enzyme in the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and in crop plants will be replaced by the more efficient variant from marine algae. The research, which is supported by an SME involvement, will help European agriculture to stay competitive in a field which, because of its potential economic impact, is heavily investigated in the US and other western countries.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
ACT 0200 Canberra
BS41 9AF Bristol