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Improving arable production systems by expressing marine algal rubisco in crop plants

Objective

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 Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

THE SWEDISH UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
Address
10,Arrheniusplan 2C
750 07 Uppsala
Sweden

Participants (6)

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Australia
Address

ACT 0200 Canberra
CROPDESIGN N.V.
Belgium
Address
Technologiepark 3
9052 Zwijnaarde
ROTHAMSTED RESEARCH LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Long Ashton
BS41 9AF Bristol
UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA
Spain
Address
Avda. Blasco Ibanez 13
46071 Valencia
UNIVERSITY OF OSLO
Norway
Address
Moltke Moes Vei 32
0316 Oslo
UNIVERSITY OF TROMSOE
Norway
Address

9037 Tromsoe