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Improving photosynthesis to increase yield and biomass production holds the promise to meet the increasing demand for arable land for food production and other biological products. To achieve this, one has to know all relevant components affecting photosynthesis, and to be able to actively modulate them in a controlled and predictable manner.
Our research ambitions aim on dissecting regulatory mechanisms that involve thylakoid membrane protein phosphorylation and elucidating their impact on photosynthetic acclimation to variable environmental conditions. Further we investigate processes that modulate thylakoid membrane plasticity under such abiotic stress conditions and apply our knowledge on membrane plasticity in bioengineering approaches.
- Regulation of Photosynthesis and Thylakoid dynamics. We aim on dissecting regulatory mechanisms that involve thylakoid membrane protein phosphorylation and elucidating their impact on photosynthetic acclimation to variable environmental conditions. Further, we focus on processes that modulate thylakoid membrane plasticity under such abiotic stress conditions.
- Membrane Protein Scaffolding. We are developing membrane-anchored protein scaffolds for co-localizing membrane-associated enzymes and for manipulating membrane architectures in different host systems.
- Plastid Bioengineering.We develop new approaches in plant engineering with focus on genome modification in a cell type specific developmentally programmed manner.
Current research projects
- CropBooster-P Designing plants for our future
- ReTraQue – Securing High Yield and Sustainability in Future Crops
- The Danish Council for Independent Research, Technology and Innovation, CHLO-RIDD - Avoiding toxicity of chloroplast metabolons by hijacking a eukaryotic stress response (PI: Mathias Pribil)
- MSCA-IF grant, Green Specialists (individual PostDoc grant of James Behrendorff)
- NNF - Integrating approaches to develop Nicotiana tabacum as a small molecule production platform (individual PostDoc grant of Silas Busck Mellor)
- Novo Nordisk Biotechnology Based Synthesis Project Grant - Spatially confined protein targeting to the thylakoid membrane (PI: Mathias Pribil)