Navigation Links
Researchers successfully simulate photosynthesis and design a better leaf
Date:11/9/2007

University of Illinois researchers have built a better plant, one that produces more leaves and fruit without needing extra fertilizer. The researchers accomplished the feat using a computer model that mimics the process of evolution. Theirs is the first model to simulate every step of the photosynthetic process.

The research findings appear in the October issue of Plant Physiology, and will be presented today at the BIO-Asia 2007 Conference in Bangkok, Thailand. The research was sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Photosynthesis converts light energy into chemical energy in plants, algae, phytoplankton and some species of bacteria and archaea. Photosynthesis in plants involves an elaborate array of chemical reactions requiring dozens of protein enzymes and other chemical components. Most photosynthesis occurs in a plants leaves.

The question we wanted to ask, was, Can we do better than the plant, in terms of productivity? said principal investigator Steve Long, a professor of plant biology and crop sciences at the University of Illinois.

It wasnt feasible to tackle this question with experiments on actual plants, Long said. With more than 100 proteins involved in photosynthesis, testing one protein at a time would require an enormous investment of time and money.

But now that we have the photosynthetic process in silico, we can test all possible permutations on the supercomputer, he said.

The researchers first had to build a reliable model of photosynthesis, one that would accurately mimic the photosynthetic response to changes in the environment. This formidable task relied on the computational resources available at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

Xin-Guang Zhu, a research scientist at the center and in plant biology, worked with Long and Eric de Sturler, formerly a specialist in computational mathematics in computer sciences at Illinois, to realize this model.'/>"/>

Contact: Diana Yates
diya@uiuc.edu
217-333-5802
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Researchers identify proteins involved in new neurodegenerative syndrome
2. Texas researchers and educators head for Antarctica
3. MGH researchers describe new way to identify, evolve novel enzymes
4. University of Pennsylvania researchers develop formula to gauge risk of disease clusters
5. U of MN researchers discover noninvasive diagnostic tool for brain diseases
6. U of Minnesota researchers discover noninvasive diagnostic tool for brain diseases
7. Researchers discover new strategies for antibiotic resistance
8. Researchers find new taste in fruit flies: carbonated water
9. Binghamton University researchers investigate evolving malaria resistance
10. UIC researchers find promising new targets for antibiotics
11. Researchers develop simple method to create natural drug products
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Researchers successfully simulate photosynthesis and design a better leaf
(Date:4/17/2014)... IPCC meeting painted a stark warning on the possible ... a greenhouse effect 32 times that of carbon dioxide. ... humic substances act as fully regenerable electron acceptors which ... in wetlands instead of being released to the atmosphere. ... disrupted it may enter into a vicious cycle to ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... process whereby the genetic information of DNA is ... which have numerous different functions in living organisms. ... during gene expression, by relating the genetic information ... manufacturing proteins. , By examining the different ... an organism at a given time, researchers can ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... have uncovered a new way the immune system may ... efforts to use immune cells to treat illness. , ... the immunological equivalent of "neighborhood police" specialized squads ... organ, instead of an entire city, the body. , ... Louis have shown that the liver, skin and uterus ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Methane climate change risk suggested by proof of redox cycling of humic substances 2Rapid and accurate mRNA detection in plant tissues 2Some immune cells defend only 1 organ 2
... dominant male and female to reduce their personal contribution to ... in Functional Ecology . , By removing the large ... cycle in this species a team from the University ... investment strategies of the dominant pair and the survival of ...
... Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva ... as its twelfth Institutional Founding Member (IFM). A collaboration ... organizations, NYGC aims to transform medical research and clinical ... facilities in North America. "Einstein is pleased to ...
... directly lead to new ways of designing trials that would ... next few years and could change outcome for patients." ... 2013 will build on topics discussed in previous years and ... video here[ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_anpC5WZPg ]: Breast cancer heterogeneity ...
Cached Biology News:Einstein joins the New York Genome Center as 12th institutional founding member 2IMPAKT -- Translational research breast cancer conference 2IMPAKT -- Translational research breast cancer conference 3
(Date:1/15/2014)... January 15, 2014 Cynvenio, a cancer ... through the genomic analysis of tumor cells in the ... a web-based cancer decision support application powered by CollabRx, ... Cynvenio’s ClearID™ genomic test, Therapy Finder will provide breast ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... , Jan. 15, 2014 ­ RedBrick Health ... behavior change technology, today announces that EmblemHealth , ... and wellness company, is now providing the RedBrick Compass ... coaching program, to all of its members. EmblemHealth is ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... A study has been launched to test whether technology ... help to tackle the problem of obesity.  This unique healthcare ... based in Stowmarket) and academics at University Campus Suffolk is ... which is inspired by equipment used to collect data about ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... Two champions of science, technology, engineering, and ... annual competition for middle and high school students designed ... study. The competition presents students with real-world problems experienced ... Mathematics, and Sciences is a program administered by ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Cynvenio Offers New Breast Cancer Therapy Finder Application for its ClearID Breast Cancer Genomic Test 2Cynvenio Offers New Breast Cancer Therapy Finder Application for its ClearID Breast Cancer Genomic Test 3EmblemHealth Selects RedBrick Health to Power its Next-Generation Health Engagement and Behavior Change System 2EmblemHealth Selects RedBrick Health to Power its Next-Generation Health Engagement and Behavior Change System 3Formula 1 Technology Tackles Obesity in Unique Healthcare Partnership 2Formula 1 Technology Tackles Obesity in Unique Healthcare Partnership 3Formula 1 Technology Tackles Obesity in Unique Healthcare Partnership 4Technology Student Association Partners with Leaders in STEM Education Advocacy for Annual Competition 2Technology Student Association Partners with Leaders in STEM Education Advocacy for Annual Competition 3Technology Student Association Partners with Leaders in STEM Education Advocacy for Annual Competition 4Technology Student Association Partners with Leaders in STEM Education Advocacy for Annual Competition 5
... - OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("OncoGenex" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: ... been named the 2009 Life Sciences Company of the ... presented by LifeSciences British Columbia to recognize a local ... of British Columbia,s life sciences industry. This award recognizes ...
... Calif., April 9 Cell Biosciences, a provider of ... the closing of a $10 million Series C financing ... Existing investors Domain Associates, Latterell Venture Partners, Novo A/S, ... Group also participated in the financing."We are very happy ...
... April 9 Cepheid (Nasdaq: CPHD ) today ... first quarter ended March 31, 2009, on Thursday, April 23, ... a management presentation at 2 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday, ... the live webcast, please visit Cepheid,s website at ...
Cached Biology Technology:OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals Named Life Sciences Company of the Year by LifeSciences British Columbia 2OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals Named Life Sciences Company of the Year by LifeSciences British Columbia 3Cell Biosciences Closes $10 Million Series C Financing 2Cepheid Schedules Fiscal 2009 First Quarter Financial Results Announcement and Webcast 2
...
... the Adept CE 4100 high pressure dual piston ... wavelength detector for added flexibility. The ... and interface unit, CE 4901., The CE 4901 ... be used with Windows 98 and 2000, offers ...
Bis-Acrylamide (bis) is a monomer used as a crosslinker with acrylamide to form polyacrylamide electrophoretic gels. This 2% bis solution is supplied as 500 ml....
... G|2 Doublestain System is a high-sensitivity ... kit. The kit is intended for ... detection of two different antigens within ... with suitably diluted rabbit and mouse ...
Biology Products: