Publication: reporting format for gas exchange data

Really valuable publication recently out from a large group of people including Lancasters Sam Taylor and Marj Lundgren.

This new paper “A reporting format for leaf-level gas exchange data and metadata” is just that, a set of advice and conventions for reporting your gas exchange.
This will help the community more easily share data on repositories and facilitate more detailed and larger meta-analyses, making everyones data and work even more valuable.

Check it out at Ecological Informatics


Congratulations Louis on a successful MRes viva!

Congratulations are in order for team member Louis Caruana, who last week passed his MRes viva.
Well done Louis!
Louis’ did a great job having to adjust to an silico project like may others in the changing circumstances, and has produced some very nice work on Rubisco, Rca and related genes.

Thanks also to the internal and external examiners for an interesting and constructive conversation with Louis, with great feedback.

Louis is continuing with the team, now working on an ongoing project with wheat.

Theses submissions!

Well done to group members Louis Caruana and Alex Sokolnik who both recently submitted their Masters by Research theses, and are now preparing for their vivas.

Great job on all your hard work on this in challenging times!

Wheat plants respond to heat by altering Rca levels

In a new publication now online in New Phytologist, research led by former PhD student Gustaf with Doug and Elizabete shows how heat stress alters the amount of Rubisco activase in wheat leaves in an isoform-specific manner. Part of our International Wheat Yield Partnership (IWYP) research, this work is another step towards understanding not only how plants alter their photosynthetic apparatus during stress, but helping us identify ways we might be able to make wheat and other crops more resilient to future changes in climate.

Well done Gustaf for another publication from his recently completed PhD! He’s now a postdoc with Matt Johnson at the University of Sheffield.

50 years since the realisation of Rubisco oxygenation

Check out this great Humboldt review by photosynthesis legend Susanne von Caemmerer, recently published in the Journal of Plant Physiology to commemorate the discovery of the dual nature of Rubisco some 50 years ago. This is a clear, very readable review of the ways the oxygenase side of Rubisco is fundamental to so much of our understanding of photosynthesis, and what its discovery allowed us to learn. Doug and Martin from the team have also contributed a short commentary, expanding a little on the engineering side of Rubisco and the ways engineering is trying to get around oxygenation.



New publications!

Photosynthetic induction and its limitations.
New RIPE publication now out in PC&E:

Well done to Sam Taylor for leading a publication in Plant, Cell and Environment on variability in photosynthetic induction among closely related Brassica crops.
Alongside comparing these important species, Sam also developed enhanced gas exchange methods for more accurately determining photosynthetic induction and its limitations. Doug, Elizabete, and Steve were also co-authors on the study which is related to our work within the RIPE project to identify ways to improve photosynthetic induction in crops like cowpea, which are key to food security in sub-Saharan Africa.



Unraveling part of the ancient Rubisco puzzle:

Another publication with our friends at the Shih lab at UC Davis has recently been published in Nature Plants. This work looked at an ancient Rubisco identified from metagenomics data that lacks small subunits. This ancient form of the CO2-fixing enzyme represents a novel bacterial clade and is being termed a Form I’ Rubisco, composed of 8 large subunits (L8). Congrats to the team led by Doug Banda at UC Davis, with contributions also from UC Berkeley, the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and from the Lancaster Team Doug, Martin, and Elizabete.


Well done Bailey

Great job by Bailey and a number of members of the team with the publication of work from Bailey’s MSc thesis in Agronomy journal.

Well deserved reward for all of Baileys hard work during her Masters research last year, where she investigated photosynthesis and water use efficiency in contrasting wheat cultivars at different developmental stages.

Congratulations Gustaf!

Big congrats to the Dr Gustaf Degen, who has successfully completed his PhD viva on his thesis research into Rubisco Activase in wheat.

He was supervised by Elizabete Carmo-Silva and Martin Parry.

He’s made a number of interesting findings, you can see some of these in a recent paper he led with Dawn and Elizabete, with more in the works.

Gustaf has been a great member of the team the last 3.5 years and has recently started a postdoc with Matt Johnson at the University of Sheffield.