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‘Innovators’ focuses on unlocking the power of green energy

SEATTLE – As we teeter at the brink of a worldwide energy crisis, scientists at WSU are leading the quest to harness the tremendous energy potential of green plants and algae. Using new tools for exploring the intricacies of photosynthesis, researchers are finding new avenues for tapping the power of plants without compromising our food supply or damaging the environment.

David Kramer, a professor with the Institute of Biological Chemistry at the WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, is at the forefront of this new revolution in plant science.

In the October presentation of WSU’s ongoing “Innovators” lecture series, Kramer will discuss … » More …

Research team rewriting book on photosynthesis

PULLMAN — Toss out that old biology book you were hanging onto for reference. The chapter on photosynthesis is about to be rewritten, thanks to work by David Kramer and his research team at Washington State University’s Institute of Biological Chemistry.Using instruments they designed and built themselves, Kramer and his group have discovered that plants adjust their light intake to match their metabolic needs by regulating the level of protons within sealed chambers in the chloroplasts.Traditionally, plant physiologists have focused on the role of electrons in photosynthesis. Kramer’s lab has changed the field by looking at what’s happening with the protons inside chloroplasts in intact … » More …