Rubisco is the enzyme that drives photosynthesis, fixing carbon dioxide into sugar that fuels all of the plant's activities. Our scientists use physiological, biochemical, and molecular analyses to survey a wide range of cowpea varieties and wild-relatives to identify better forms of Rubisco. Models suggest that faster Rubisco activation could increase crop productivity by as much as 20 percent.
- Watch the video below to learn more about this work and the importance of partnering with cowpea breeders and producers from our team members at Lancaster University.
- Check out the Lancaster photosynthesis team's website for their latest news and updates.