The Key Laboratory of Photobiology, CAS (KLPB/CAS), formerly established in 1996 as the Open Laboratory of Fundamental Photosynthesis Research, was founded in December, 2009. The key laboratory focuses on the key issues of solar energy bio-transformation and its application so as to reveal the molecular regulatory mechanisms of light use efficiency. This will provide both theoretical and technical supports for applications in the fields of agriculture and energy.
The major research fields of the laboratory include: 1) efficient energy absorption, transmission and conversion of photosynthesis and its biological simulation; 2) photosynthetic function and regulatory networks; 3) regulation of light energy utilization and crop improvement for high photosynthetic efficiency.
The laboratory consists of 9 research groups and 44 staffs, including one academician of CAS. The director of the academic committee is the academician Jindong Zhao and professor Rongcheng Lin leads the laboratory as the director.
The laboratory has established photosynthesis spectrum technology platform, protein analysis technology platform and bio-imaging technology platform. In 2019, Light Induced Fluorescence Transient Analyzer, LED Spectrometer, NGC Medium-Pressure Chromatography System and Refrigerated Ultracentrifuge were put into service. The first national wide advanced training course on photosynthesis technology was held in 2019, and more than 120 trainees from 11 provinces took the course in IOB.
The key laboratory currently has 46 ongoing grants (75.96 million RMB) funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and Chinese Academy of Sciences CAS. 11 new grants were founded during 2019. In addition, the key laboratory has acquired 1 state invention patent and published 22 articles in the international journals, including Science, Mol Plant, PNAS, Nat Plants and Plant Cell.