How to decipher the mechanisms of photosynthesis

This episode of the Planters Punch is a small, imaginary journey inside of a plant, showing you what models are, and how to use computational biology to explore photosynthetic life.
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Planter’s Punch

Under the heading Planter’s Punch we present each month one special aspect of the CEPLAS research programme. All contributions are prepared by our early career researchers.

About the author

Tobias Pfennig is a doctoral researcher of Anna Matuszyńska at the RWTH Aachen. He began studying general biology and got interested early in data analysis and modelling. Since joining the CEPLAS Grad School in 2020, he is focuses on plants and their ancestors, the cyanobacteria. Using experiments, mathematics, and computers he tries to get behind the governing principles of photosynthetic life.

Further Reading

Stirbet, A., Lazár, D., Guo, Y., & Govindjee, G. (2020). Photosynthesis: Basics, history and modelling. Annals of Botany, 126(4), 511–537. 

Old and new models
Pettersson, G., & Ryde-Pettersson, U. (1988). A mathematical model of the Calvin photosynthesis cycle. In Eur. J. Biochem (Vol. 175).

Saadat, N. P., Nies, T., van Aalst, M., Hank, B., Demirtas, B., Ebenhöh, O., & Matuszyńska, A. (2021). Computational Analysis of Alternative Photosynthetic Electron Flows Linked With Oxidative Stress. Frontiers in Plant Science, 12(October), 1–11.