Funding success from BBSRC

Issued: Mon, 01 Jun 2020 10:29:00 BST

Congratulations to Prof. Mike Blatt and Prof. John Christie who have secured £865,948 from BBSRC for “Engineering the GORK K+ channel to enhance stomatal kinetics”. Prof. Blatt and Christie previously demonstrated plant water use efficiency and photosynthetic yield can be enhanced by accelerating stomatal responses to light with a synthetic ion channel. They will pursue an analogous strategy by engineering a K+ channel native to Arabidopsis with orthologues in crops.