[Expired] PhD: Physico-chemical characterization of long wavelength photosynthesis

In Imperial College, London.


It has often been suggested that crops and micro-algae might be made more efficient by engineering them to use longer wavelength pigments. Recently our group showed that nature had already done the engineering: oxygenic photosynthesis does occur using lower energy, near-infra-red light. This occurs in some cyanobacteria when they find themselves shaded from visible light but still irradiated by the infra-red. In this project we seek to understand how this newly found type of photosynthesis works.