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Frontiers in Science talks explore new strategies to improve photosynthesis, increase energy yields

Richard Sayre discusses how improving photosynthetic efficiency may result in substantial increases in crop yields.
December 6, 2015
All Frontiers in Science presentations begin at 7 p.m. and are free of charge.

All Frontiers in Science presentations begin at 7 p.m. and are free of charge.

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“Photosynthesis uses light from the sun and carbon dioxide from the air to make sugars that can be converted into energy-rich biofuels,” said Sayre.

First talk is Monday, Dec. 7 in Albuquerque

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., Dec. 3, 2015—Los Alamos National Laboratory molecular biologist Richard Sayre discusses how improving photosynthetic efficiency may result in substantial increases in crop yields during two Frontiers in Science lectures titled “Hacking Photosynthesis: Growing Plants to Power Our Engines and Feed the World” beginning Dec. 7 in Albuquerque.

“Photosynthesis uses light from the sun and carbon dioxide from the air to make sugars that can be converted into energy-rich biofuels,” said Sayre, of the Laboratory’s Bioenergy and Biome Science Group. “Plants, however, transform less than five percent of the solar energy they capture into harvestable chemical energy.”

Growing Plants to Power Our Engines and Feed the World
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Growing Plants to Power Our Engines and Feed the World

Sayre will describe strategies to improve the energy yield of algae and plant systems, while substantially reducing carbon emissions relative to petroleum.

All Frontiers in Science presentations begin at 7 p.m. and are free of charge. The talks are

  • Monday, Dec. 7 in the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, 1801 Mountain Road N.W., in Albuquerque.
  • Friday, Dec. 11 in the Duane Smith Auditorium at Los Alamos High School on Diamond Drive, Los Alamos.

Sponsored by the Fellows of Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Frontiers in Science lecture series is intended to increase local public awareness of the diversity of science and engineering research at the Laboratory.

For more information, call (505) 665-9196 or email Linda Anderman at anderman@lanl.gov.

About Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, is operated by Los Alamos National Security, LLC, a team composed of Bechtel National, the University of California, BWXT Government Group, and URS, an AECOM company, for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.

Los Alamos enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.


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