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Engineering of Photosynthesis in Chlamydomonas - From Mechanistic Insights to Improved Energy-Conversion Efficiency

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The unicellular green algae, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, has a versatile metabolism capable of phototrophic, mixotrophic and heterotrophic growth on various substrates under both oxygenic and anoxygenic conditions. Heterotrophic growth of photosynthetic mutants paved the way for genetic dissection of photosynthesis. Today and after more than 50 years of laboratory research, C. reinhardtii has become a model organism and an emerging system as a biotechnology chassis. Chlamydomonas is one of the best models for chloroplast transformation and more recently has proven itself suitable for synthetic biology, with a dedicated MoClo kit, as well as for targeted gene modification techniques such as CrispR/Cas9. Our detailed molecular knowledge on mechanisms such as light-harvesting and light to heat-dissipation processes, the carbon concentrating mechanism and the structure, function and biogenesis of the photosynthetic apparatus as well as the Calvin Benson Cycle sets the ground to explore the possibilities of improving photosynthesis.

This Research Topic from Frontiers in Plant Science (section: Marine and Freshwater Plants) is searching for novel submissions as a companion to the Photosynthesis session of the 19th International Conference on the Cell and Molecular Biology of Chlamydomonas. Studies could include those that provide new insights into photosynthetic regulation, carbon fixation, biomass production and metabolic shunts in laboratory strains, mutants or engineered cells with an aim to increase our understanding of energy-conversion efficiency.

Note: Submissions are warmly welcomed from both conference participants and non-attendees.


Keywords: chlamydomonas, photosynthesis, carbon fixation, biomass production


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

The unicellular green algae, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, has a versatile metabolism capable of phototrophic, mixotrophic and heterotrophic growth on various substrates under both oxygenic and anoxygenic conditions. Heterotrophic growth of photosynthetic mutants paved the way for genetic dissection of photosynthesis. Today and after more than 50 years of laboratory research, C. reinhardtii has become a model organism and an emerging system as a biotechnology chassis. Chlamydomonas is one of the best models for chloroplast transformation and more recently has proven itself suitable for synthetic biology, with a dedicated MoClo kit, as well as for targeted gene modification techniques such as CrispR/Cas9. Our detailed molecular knowledge on mechanisms such as light-harvesting and light to heat-dissipation processes, the carbon concentrating mechanism and the structure, function and biogenesis of the photosynthetic apparatus as well as the Calvin Benson Cycle sets the ground to explore the possibilities of improving photosynthesis.

This Research Topic from Frontiers in Plant Science (section: Marine and Freshwater Plants) is searching for novel submissions as a companion to the Photosynthesis session of the 19th International Conference on the Cell and Molecular Biology of Chlamydomonas. Studies could include those that provide new insights into photosynthetic regulation, carbon fixation, biomass production and metabolic shunts in laboratory strains, mutants or engineered cells with an aim to increase our understanding of energy-conversion efficiency.

Note: Submissions are warmly welcomed from both conference participants and non-attendees.


Keywords: chlamydomonas, photosynthesis, carbon fixation, biomass production


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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30 July 2021 Abstract
04 November 2021 Manuscript

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04 November 2021 Manuscript

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