Policy / Systems / Technology

May 11, 2014


University of Tokyo Elucidates New Energy Transfer System in Photosynthesis in Phycobilisomes

Keywords: Environmental Technology University / Research institute 

The University of Tokyo announced on February 4, 2014, that they successfully separated an antenna-photosystem I supercomplex from phycobilisomes (cyanobacteria) for the first time and discovered the proteins that are necessary to form the supercomplex.

In this study, they revealed the energy transfer system of photosystem I, one of the two photosystems present in plants and phycobilisomes, whereas the details had previously been unknown.

By applying the discovered supercomplex, they hope to create new photosynthetic organisms or photosynthetic systems that can stimulate photosynthetic reactions, as well as to produce hydrogen.