Modelling the development of C4 photosynthesis

Laboratory research is the possibly best-known driving force for advancement in science. However, when it comes to investigating evolutionary processes, lab work often faces its limitations. This is where the power of big data and computational modelling comes into play. A recent joint effort from the Bielefeld University and the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) in Gatersleben to understand the evolution of C4 photosynthesis, demonstrates the potential of in silico modelling in science. Using constraint-based modelling, the researchers were able to step back in time and predict the evolutionary pathway of this particular form of photosynthesis.

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