Titan Arum flowering in Kenneth Post Lab greenhouse in 2012

Titan Arum flowering in Kenneth Post Lab greenhouse in 2012

Students visit Titan Arum in 2012.

Greenhouse growers Heather Anthony & Paul Cooper chart growth of Titan Arum Nov. 8.

Greenhouse growers Heather Anthony & Paul Cooper chart growth of Titan Arum Nov. 8.

Professor Adrienne Roeder in her Weill Hall lab

Tom Silva teaching BIOPL 2400 “Green World/Blue Planet”

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‘Greening’ the machinery of plant life

Published: 
Oct 31, 2016
Although the project’s concept is straightforward—make photosynthesis more efficient by tinkering with a core enzyme—its lofty ambition is to improve on evolution. Maureen Hanson, the Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor of Plant Molecular Biology, formulated the concept as part of a team of colleagues during an “Ideas Lab” meeting of 30 experts convened in 2010 by the National Science Foundation and the United Kingdom’s equivalent, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). Read more