Public-private study on photosynthesis approved

5 March 2020

The board of the NWO Domain Science has allocated 1.7 million euros of funding within the Photosynthesis programme. A consortium led by Mark Aarts of Wageningen University & Research will investigate how photosynthesis in plants responds to changing light conditions.

The consortium consists of a collaboration between various knowledge institutes and public-private parties. The Photosynthesis programme aims to contribute to improving photosynthetic efficiency in crops under dynamic, natural cultivation conditions.

How does photosynthesis in plants respond to changing light conditions?
Prof. Mark Aarts, Wageningen University & Research
Although the photosynthetic responses of plants to rapid fluctuations in light intensity are crucial to crop yield, these responses – which involve many different elements – are poorly understood. This study shall examine this phenomenon in both the thale cress and the tomato plant, using a multitude of methods. Our aim is not only to acquire a better understanding of the underlying molecular mechanisms, but also to gain valuable insights into the natural genetic variation of these two plants. This will contribute to improving the photosynthetic capacity of crops through conventional breeding methods.

Source: NWO