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Final Report - SUNBIOPATH (Towards a better sunlight to biomass conversion efficiency in microalgae)

Project ID: 245070
Funded under: FP7-KBBE


This is the final report for the SUNBIOPATH project which was funded under the Seventh Framework Package (FP7). The SUNBIOPATH consortium investigated the high light response of algal cells (Chlamydomonas) and established a comprehensive list of genes and photosynthetic mechanisms that are crucial for growth in these conditions. The report reveals that the consortium demonstrated that LhcSR3, a light harvesting protein, is able to sense the luminal pH of the chloroplast and to act as a quencher of excitation energy, the correlation between LhcSR3 and NPQ being clearly shown. This strict relationship demonstrated that LhcSR3 is a key protein involved in biomass production. The consortium also showed that induction of LhcSR3 by high light is depending on a Ca++ sensor protein (CAS), an important finding, which opens new insights into the regulation of the high light response of Chlamydomonas. Images are also included.

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