Robert Furbank, Director ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis and ANU Research School of Biology.
Original Published Date: 
Thursday, February 4, 2021

Full article issued by The ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis.

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis (CoETP) is a collaborative initiative established in 2014 with the ambitious aim of improving the process by which plants transform sunlight and carbon dioxide into sugars, a process that underlines all food production.

The Centre launched a video, Seeing the light: better plants better future, about the impact of its work on food security, produced in collaboration with the Australian Academy of Science as part of their Series Research Focus.

'Improving photosynthesis is our best option to achieve global food security and we know how to do it. Australia has always punched above its weight in photosynthesis research, with major discoveries coming out of this country,' says Professor Robert Furbank, Director of CoETP.

Since 2014, the Centre has identified several crop germplasm lines carrying improved traits in wheat, rice and sorghum and transplanted beneficial photosynthetic traits into crop species. This work has been published in more than 300 scientific publications.

'Now it is a matter for the government and industry to apply these exciting discoveries into mainstream crop varieties and improve agricultural profitability, crop resilience, sustainability and food security,' Professor Furbank says.

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Robert Furbank, Director ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis and ANU Research School of Biology. Credit: CoETP.