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Functional studies of photosynthesis and its related plant metabolism
The main focus of study in our laboratory is photosynthesis and its related metabolism. We are particularly interested in studying chlorophyll metabolism in a wide range of photosynthetic organisms including plants, green and brown algae, cyanobacteria and other photosynthetic bacteria. Chlorophyll is an absolutely essential molecule in photosynthesis: it absorbs light, transfers its energy to other molecules, and finally converts its energy to drive an electron flow. Chlorophyll is necessary for the construction of the photosynthetic machinery on thylakoid membranes As a result, the regulation of chlorophyll metabolism is tightly coupled with the construction and destruction of the photosynthetic machinery.
Furthermore, chlorophyll metabolism affects greening, leaf development, senescence and ultimately plant cell death. The mechanisms pertaining to how chlorophyll metabolism influences such a variety of cellular activities are currently under investigation. It is possible that plants take advantage of the unique properties of chlorophyll molecules, and their biosynthetic intermediates, and use these molecules to enable the control of various biological processes.
Please join the Tanaka Lab!
If you are interested in studying plant science, in particular, photosynthesis and other related metabolism in photosynthetic organisms, we welcome you to join our team! You will find scholarship information and other essential information that are require to enter the Graduate School at Hokkaido University here.
Recent Events & Publications
•Tomoaki’s paper was published in J. Plant Phys. ! (Mar, 2018)
•Koharu won the best thesis prize at the Master thesis presentation. Congratulations! (Mar, 2018)
•Tomoaki successfully defended his dissertation. Congratulations! (Feb, 2018)
•Yukako’s paper was published in Plant Cell Physiol. ! (Nov, 2017)
•Ayana won the Excellence Poster Award at the 3rd meeting of the Plant Nutrition Research Society, which was held in Tokyo in September. Congratulations! (Sep, 2017)
•Ayumi was awarded a prize from the Akiyama Memorial Foundation! (Sep, 2017)