Thesis projects Crop photosynthesis

We address the key question for future food production: to what extent can improved photosynthesis result in increased yields of major C3 and C4 crops. We aim to understand the biochemical and physiological drivers, interactions with the environment (temperature, water, light, CO2, nitrogen and other nutrients) and seek for multiple avenues to improve photosynthesis at the leaf and at the canopy scale. We quantify the link between the regulation of photosynthesis at cellular level and the ultimate growth of crops, via a combined experimental and modelling approach.