C4 Photosynthesis

Photosynthesis in its three varieties, such as C3 photosynthesis, C4 photosynthesis and CAM, is responsible for almost the entire storage of sunlight in organic carbon compounds. C4 photosynthesis is a highly efficient and productive metabolic pathway. We use both comparative transcriptome analysis and modeling in order to determine the necessary genes and to understand their interaction with each other. Ultimately, we intend to reconstruct the metabolic pathway with the help of synthetic biology.

C4photosynthesis

 

Current research projects

Overview

  • Stoichiometric modeling and evolution
  • Kinetic modeling
  • Meta-analysis at the level of transcription for ten independent evolutionary origins
Completed projects

Overview

Recent reviews

The role of photorespiration during C4 evolution

https://scholar.google.de/scholar?oi=bibs&cluster=11859905146029942763&btnI=1&hl=en

RNA-seq based analysis of C4

https://scholar.google.de/scholar?oi=bibs&cluster=4228451925346534388&btnI=1&hl=en

 

Original articles

Transcriptional comparison of a C3 and a C4 species (Cleomaceae), 2011

https://scholar.google.de/scholar?oi=bibs&cluster=382623387591070198&btnI=1&hl=en

Identification of the pyruvate transporter used in C4 photosynthesis (Flaveria, Asteraceae, Gynandropsis gynandra, Cleomaceae), 2011

https://scholar.google.de/scholar?oi=bibs&cluster=18034967697563783018&btnI=1&hl=en

Proteomic comparison of C3 and C4 chloroplast envelopes (maize vs pea), 2008

https://scholar.google.de/scholar?oi=bibs&cluster=14014486063216350594&btnI=1&hl=en

Transcriptional comparison of five species (five Flaverias, Asteraceae), 2011

https://scholar.google.de/scholar?oi=bibs&cluster=9792727315728168987&btnI=1&hl=en

Systems level analysis of metabolomics, transcriptomics and physiological data (maize), 2011

https://scholar.google.de/scholar?oi=bibs&cluster=7270878364922593017&btnI=1&hl=en

Kinetic and stoichiometric modeling of C4 to identify the role of photorespiration during C4 evolution, 2014

https://scholar.google.de/scholar?oi=bibs&cluster=15907602810790621172&btnI=1&hl=en

Kinetic modeling to test subtype specific effects of C4 photosynthesis, 2014

https://scholar.google.de/scholar?oi=bibs&cluster=14849274743694585052&btnI=1&hl=en

Transcriptional comparison of all three subtypes of C4 photosynthesis, 2014

https://scholar.google.de/scholar?oi=bibs&cluster=2944505360694989063&btnI=1&hl=en

Network analysis along leaf development in C3 and C4 species, 2014

https://scholar.google.de/scholar?oi=bibs&cluster=2735032856254851265&btnI=1&hl=en

PEPC enzyme choice  during C4 and CAM evolution, 2014

https://scholar.google.de/scholar?oi=bibs&cluster=13738791345364848476&btnI=1&hl=en

 

Please see "Publications" for any additional links

Additional information

The classic review about C4 photosynthesis

C4 photosynthesis: a unique elend of modified biochemistry, anatomy and ultrastructure

A recent review of C4 photosynthesis in the light of RNA sequencing

Understanding metabolite transport and metabolism in C4 plants through RNA-seq