Improving Rubiscos

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. 


Carl Bernacchi
Doug Orr
Rhiannon Page
Michael Page
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Diwakar
Samuel Taylor
soybeans

Hacking evolution, screening technique may improve most widespread enzyme

Scientists have developed tools to simulate millions of years of evolution in days to help plants adapt to changing conditions. 

wheat

Enzymes with the potential to increase wheat yields

Wheat yields could be significantly increased thanks to varieties with a superior form of a common enzyme, according to new RIPE research.

Orr

Doug Orr: Enzyme Hunter

“We’re deliberately looking at a very diverse range of plants, and we aim to look at a few forests' worth of different plant species in our search for a better Rubisco.”