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Introducing an algal carbon-concentrating mechanism into higher plants: location and incorporation of key components
Spring 2016
18 March 2016

There is currently great interest in radical approaches to enhancing photosynthetic efficiency. Introduction of CO2 concentrating mechanisms into C3 plants based on algal and cyanobacterial carbon concentrating mechanisms (CCMs) is an approach being addressed by several research groups.

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Passerine Pit Stops
Autumn 2015
30 September 2015

Are we there yet?! Migrating birds flying along northeastern USA take breaks to rest and refuel at stopover sites. To satisfy their omnivorous diet, stopping at stopover sites with abundant fruit-bearing plants is best. But with an ever-growing human presence, the abundance and diversity of plants at stopover sites is shifting.

Autumn 2015
30 September 2015

The Opinon Paper by Grobinsky et al, published in a recent special on plant phenotyping, provides a state of the art overview of technologies for non-invasive phenotyping and the issues of managing and exploiting the large data sets generated from these analyses. Importantly, this paper also highlights the need for the development of new approaches to allow for physiological phenotyping at a tissue and cellular level to enable a phenomics approach.

On Guard
Autumn 2015
30 September 2015

Guard cell photosynthesis is critical for stomatal turgor production, yet does not directly mediate CO2- and ABA-induced stomatal closing.