The team of the Department of photosynthesis studies molecular mechanisms of primary processes of light absorption and energy conversion in photosynthetic organisms, structure of photosynthetic pigment-protein complexes and the interaction of plants with their environment in regulation of gas exchange and carbon dioxide fixation. There are three main research topics:

Molecular mechanisms of Photosynthesis

  • Isolation of reaction center of photosystem II
  • Localization of the primary pigments in photosystem II
  • Characterization of alternative electron donors and processes that protect the reaction center core during excess of radiation
  • Analysis of processes on photosynthetic membrane of purple bacteria

Carbon dioxide assimilation

  • Gas exchange in leaves and conductance on a level of stomata and mesophyll
  • Characterization of variations of conductance in a response to ambient CO2 concentration

Structure of photosynthetic apparatus

  • Methods based on transmission electron microscopy and single particle averaging
  • Relationship between structure and function of photosynthetic apparatus in various plant, algal and bacterial species


Biology Centre CAS
Institute of Plant Molecular Biology
Branišovská 1160/31
370 05 České Budějovice

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