Scientists model photosynthesis and find room for improvement

Scientists used a digital model to simulate how adding genes from cyanobacteria might improve photosynthesis inplants. The research team found  that adding a gene for bicarbonate transporter that carries the carbon dioxide across the carboxysome membrane leads to improvement in photosynthesis by 6%. The model also showed that when about 8 components of the carboxysome system is added to plant,s photosynthesis could be improved by up to 60 percent.

Source: University of Illionois News Bureau, March 3, 2014.

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