Photorespiration is a metabolic pathway in which photosynthetic energy is dissipated. Researchers led by Prof. Tobias Erb developed an innovative solution as part of the EU-funded "Gain4Crops" project: photorespiration can be bypassed by incorporating a bacterial metabolic pathway.
It is primarily a novel protein complex on the cell surface that turns Ustilago maydis into a plant pathogen, as a research team led by Regine Kahmann has been able to show. This key role makes the complex an ideal target for future developments in plant protection.
The Director Emerita of the MPI is among 30 foreign members elected this year in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
We are happy to announce that our MPI director Tobias Erb is among the 64 newly elected members of the European Molecular Biology Organzation (EMBO).