A prestigious Leverhulme Research Grant totalling £410K has been awarded to the Lab.
During photosynthesis plants convert solar energy into chemical energy in the form of ATP and NADPH, which are then used to power conversion of carbon dioxide, sulphur and nitrogen into biomass. Depending on the environmental and developmental state of the plant, the exact mixture of ATP and NADPH required can vary. The team have discovered that plants respond to changing ATP and NADPH demand by adjusting the structure of the photosynthetic membrane to modify their production. This new project will ascertain how plants sense changing demand and act on these signals to modify membrane structure. This investigation of the processes could lead to a better understanding of what plants need in their environment to thrive, and how they adapt to changes in that environment.