AGIC is a consortium of academic laboratories in the UK and USA that explores synthetic approaches to augmenting photosynthetic carbon capture that is currently achieved by plants.
Photosynthesis allows biological systems to use sunlight and carbon dioxide to produce sugars and oxygen. This process is ultimately responsible for the food we eat and the fossil fuels we burn today.
Our transatlantic research team is exploring ways to overcome limitations in photosynthesis that could lead to the development of new methods for significantly increasing the yields of important crops for food production and/or sustainable bioenergy.
MAGIC is led by Mike Blatt (Glasgow) and John Golbeck (University Park) and includes research groups in the UK of Julian Hibberd (Cambridge), Nigel Burroughs (Warwick) and Nick Smirnoff (Exeter), and in the USA of Manish Kumar (University Park) and Cheryl Kerfeld (Berkeley and MSU).
Our consortium was founded through the Photosynthesis Ideas Lab program of 2010 and is funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (UK) and the National Science Foundation (USA).