A MULTI-TIERED APPROACH TO GAINING INCREASED CARBON

A consortium working towards substantial agricultural gains through synthetic biology of photosynthesis

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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).

MAGIC NEWS

JANUARY 2013: Cheryl Kerfeld to become the John Hannah Distinguished Professor of the DOE Plant Research Laboratories, MSU.

JANUARY 2013: Mike Blatt takes over as the new Editor-in-Chief of Plant Physiology, the most highly-cited scientific journal in plant biology.

FEBRUARY 2012: The University of Exeter has contributed to a new BBC Two series, by conducting an experiment that visualises communication between plants.

DECEMBER 2012: Julian Hibberd takes part in the International Rice Research Institute consortium to develop C4 photosynthesis in rice.

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