Innovations that may solve food shortages: the potential of photosynthesis to increase agricultural production

Photosynthesis is arguably the most important biological process on Earth; it produces the air we breathe and the food we eat. As if that was not enough, recent innovations in photosynthesis research have opened a window to its huge potential to address the biggest challenge of this century: to solve expected food shortages for the growing world population.

This forum discusses how innovations and research collaborations in photosynthesis research could be an important part of the solution to achieve global food security. It also asks how the new ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis plans to take scientific discoveries from the lab and translate them to useful outcomes in the field, as its name promises to deliver.

The event will be introduced by Professor Susanne von Caemmerer, Centre Deputy Director and facilitated by Dr Bob Furbank, from CSIRO Agriculture Flagship. The panel consists of experts in photosynthesis research and government representatives including:

Professor Ian Chubb AC Chief Scientist of Australia

Professor Aidan Byrne CEO Australian Research Council

Professor Murray Badger Director ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis

Professor John Evans Centre Investigator ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis

This will be followed by Q&A discussion.