Lancaster University


The photosynthesis team at the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) is conducting research to improve carbon assimilation and increase crop yields, while minimising the use of resources. Research focuses on understanding natural variation in photosyntheticefficiency and the regulation of environmental responses across diverse plant genotypes.  

Role in Photoboost

ULANC will lead modelling photosynthetic metabolism and contribute to enzyme testing and engineering, the stacking of photosynthetic and the testing of potato plants under diverse conditions in greenhouses. ULANC will also provide scientific expertise for the detailed biochemical analysis of elite plants.  

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Martin Parry
Selected publications

Lobo AKM, Orr DJ, Gutierrez MO, Andralojc PJ, Sparks C, Parry MAJ, Carmo-Silva E (2019) Overexpression of ca1pase decreases Rubisco abundance and grain yield in wheat. Plant Physiology (online ahead of print).

Valegård K, Andralojc PJ, Haslam RP, Pearce FG, Eriksen GK, Madgwick PJ, Kristoffersen AK, van Lun M, Klein U, Eilertsen HC, Andersson I, Parry MAJ (2018) Structural and functional analyses of Rubisco from arctic diatom species reveal unusual posttranslational modifications. Journal of Biological Chemistry 293, 13033–13043. jbc.RA118.003518

Taylor SH, Long SP (2017) Slow induction of photosynthesis on shade to sun transitions in wheat may cost at least 21% of productivity. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 372, 20160543.

Song Q, Chen D, Long S, Zhu X (2017) A user-friendly means to scale from the biochemistry of photosynthesis to whole crop canopies and production in time and space – development of Java WIMOVAC. Plant Cell and Environment 40, 51–55.

Kromdijk J, Głowacka K, Leonelli L, Gabilly ST, Iwai M, Niyogi KK, Long SP (2016) Improving photosynthesis and crop productivity by accelerating recovery from photoprotection. Science 354, 857–861.

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