New Knowledge About Our Earth’s Most Important Biochemical Reaction: A Step Towards Increasing CO2 Uptake in Plants
Published:18 Nov.2021    Source:University of Copenhagen - Faculty of Science

Imagine being able to grow plants that could absorb even more CO2 from Earth's atmosphere and thereby help solve the world's climate problems. Humans have selected, bred and optimized plants to increase food production and ensure for our survival for thousands of years.

But the most important and fundamental function of life on Earth -- photosynthesis -- has not been relevant with regards to plant selection or breeding until now, an age when greenhouse gas emissions from human activities threaten our planet. With new technologies at hand, scientists around the world are now working to understand the internal processes of plants that drive photosynthesis.