Measuring photosynthesis from photosystem to ecosystem

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A workshop:   11-14 September 2011

University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington, UK

A  workshop for the Marie Curie Training Network ‘Harvest’ will take place at the University of Nottingham in the Sutton Bonington campus. The invitation is open to members of the Harvest Consortium laboratories, their Experienced and Early Stage Researchers.  External applicants are also welcome to register and attend.

HARVEST (“Control of Light Use Efficiency in Plants and Algae: From Light to Harvest”) is a Framework 7 EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network, running from October 2009 until 1 October 2013, with 14 groups from academia and industry from 9 European countries.

The focus of this workshop will be the application of cutting edge biophysical and physiological techniques for measuring photosynthetic efficiency in crop plants and how these measurements can be used to predict and improve productivity and yield of important crop plants.

Objective of this workshop: to learn enough about instrumentation and techniques to measure the radiation capture, photosynthesis, photoinhibition and photoprotection of leaves and canopies in the field.

Format: practical demonstrations, hands-on experimentation for the participants, lectures, talks.

This workshop will take place before the Main HARVEST scientific meeting for members of the Harvest Network, 15 – 18 September, University of Cambridge, Clare College.

External participants are encouraged but will be charged for accommodation (cost TBA).

Travel information

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Techniques covered:

  • Principles of agricultural radiation use efficiency (RUE), measurement and its calculation
  • Canopy architecture and its influence on productivity
  • Leaf area, spectral reflectance, remote sensing
  • Principles of infra red gas exchange (IRGA)
  • Models and calculations of leaf gas exchange (IRGA)
  • Modulated and non –modulated fluorescence: a brief history
  • Probe fluorometers and their application
  • Imaging fluorometers – microscopy, leaves, pathology, abiotic stress
  • Monitoring fluorometers
  • Plant water potential
  • Other techniques relevant to agricultural photosynthesis

Instructors to include, so far:

Dr Erik Murchie, University of Nottingham (fluorescence and gas exchange, agriculture)

Dr Tracey Lawson, University of Essex (fluorescence and gas exchange)

Chris Bergweiller, PPsystems UK (gas exchange)

Alan Burbidge, University of Nottingham  (Intellectual Property Rights and Plant Biotech)