Title: Molecular and cellular investigation of photosynthesis-driven carbon fixation in seagrass
Seagrasses are a diverse group of angiosperms forming submersed meadows that are among the most productive marine ecosystems on earth. While seagrass are known as major carbon sink worldwide, the mechanisms driving carbon fixation via photosynthesis in these angiosperms remain unclear. This project will use a multidisciplinary (molecular biology, cell biology, isotopic imaging) approach to greatly enhance our understanding of fundamental processes involved in photosynthesis-driven carbon fixation in seagrass. This is essential both from a basic science perspective and more broadly in order to predict how the “blue carbon” potential of seagrass will respond to environmental changes.
This project will build upon our understanding of environmental constraints impacting on seagrasses by investigating the molecular and cellular mechanisms driving carbon fixation in seagrasses in response to changing environment.
By providing a new understanding of the mechanisms driving carbon sequestration in seagrass, this research could significantly improve the management of seagrass blue carbon potential.