Poul Erik Jensen and Yumiko Sakuragi awarded VILLUM FONDEN research grant – University of Copenhagen

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18 October 2016

Poul Erik Jensen and Yumiko Sakuragi awarded VILLUM FONDEN research grant

Grant

Improving photosynthesis by designing and exploring novel electron transfer pathways is the aim of the project. The research grant from VILLUM Fonden is for 5 years and it will be covering a project of design and exploration of novel electron transfer pathways.

Project title: Light-driven biosynthesis: Improving photosynthesis by designing and exploring novel electron transfer pathways.

Partners:
Professor Poul Erik Jensen, University of Copenhagen
Associate Professor Yumiko Sakuragi, University of Copenhagen
Professor Eva-Mari Aro, University of Turku
Professor Wolfgang Hess University of Freiburg
Associate Professor Steinn Guðmundsson, University of Iceland

Grant amount: 5.1 M DKK 

Abstract: Photosynthesis, the process that convert water and carbon dioxide into organic matter using sunlight, can be improved if we 1) can redirect photosynthetic electron transport directly into novel electron- and carbon-dependent pathways, and 2) if we understand more about the inherent regulatory mechanisms and how they can be de-regulated in order to unlock the full potential of photosynthesis. This project will investigate this by generating unique engineered cyanobacterial strains in combination with regulatory mutants. The methodologies used include biochemical-, physiological- and spectroscopic approaches as well as systems biology in combination with modeling. The results will reveal how photosynthesis can be improved for increased productivity.