Seminar - Creating robust and optimized photosynthesis (CROP) for food and energy production in cyanobacteria
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Sponsored by: The Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Please note, this seminar will be Hybrid (in-person & Zoom). The seminar will be in LSC3 but if you prefer to join via Zoom, please join with the meeting ID & Passcode sent in the M&I email or email firstname.lastname@example.org for how to join!
Abstract: Human population growth and environmental pollution place huge pressures on the development of many “green” biotechnologies in an emerging bio-based economy. Photosynthesis redesign represents a key technology in the next green revolution. We use cyanobacteria as the model system to understand how cyanobacteria achieve photosynthesis robustness and further implement systems and synthetic biology approaches for photosynthesis redesign. I will first discuss how glycogen metabolism and a Calvin cycle bypass help cyanobacteria combat the dark-to-light transition stress under diel growth. This seemingly futile cycle plays an important role to stabilize photosynthesis. Next, I will briefly discuss photosynthesis improvement strategies to identify beneficial genetic traits that could be transferred to plants in the long run for increased crop productivity. Lastly, I’ll discuss the challenges of using cyanobacteria for biofuel production, and show the importance of leveraging thermodynamics to reach high productivity in phototrophs.