EU Project 289582 (3to4) aims at improving the efficiency of photosynthesis in plants. Nebion partnered in this project to help process, analyze and interpret RNA-Seq data from various plant species.
C3 photosynthesis is an inefficient process, because the enzyme that lies at the heart of the Benson–Calvin cycle, ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase-oxygenase (Rubisco) is itself a very inefficient enzyme. If photorespiration could be reduced in current C3 crops, or if they could be converted to use C4 photosynthesis, large economic and environmental benefits would ensue because of both their increased productivity and the reduced inputs per unit yield associated with the C4 pathway.
by Richard Leegood