Research Seminar: Dr. Steve Kelly - University of Oxford

25 November 2019, 1.00 PM - 25 November 2019, 2.00 PM

Dr. Steve Kelly hosted by Professor Phil Donoghue

Life Sciences Seminar Room G13/G14


Harnessing the evolution of photosynthesis


There is substantial natural diversity in photosynthesis across the tree of life. In this talk I will discuss some of the approaches we have used to exploit this diversity to fill gaps in our understanding of photosynthetic pathways and improve the molecular machinery of photosynthesis. I will also discuss how studying the evolution of microbial genomes lead to the surprising discovery that photosynthetic efficiency modulates the tempo of the plant molecular clock. This finding provides a mechanistic explanation for observed changes in plant speciation rates that occur concomitant with improvements in photosynthetic efficiency and changes in the environment.

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