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Preparing Rubisco for a tune up

New capabilities for assembling plant Rubisco in bacteria offer a revolution for enhancing photosynthesis. The technology provides a breakthrough to identify and test solutions for improving CO2 fixation by crop Rubisco.

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Fig. 1: From microorganisms to biomass — research pathways that exploit plant Rubisco expression in E. coli.

Tobacco plant, PhotoDisc/Getty Images; soybean seeds, GETTY; rice, iStockphoto \ Okea; sunflower, PhotoDisc; sweetcorn, Getty Images/iStockphoto Thinkstock Images \ Zeljko Radojko; carrots, Getty Images/iStockphoto Thinkstock Images \ Diana Taliun; wheat, Getty Images/iStockphoto / Thinkstock \ felinda; potatoes, Getty Images/iStockphoto Thinkstock Images \ SvetlanaK; cassava, Helen Sessions / Alamy Stock Photo.

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Conlan, B., Whitney, S. Preparing Rubisco for a tune up. Nature Plants 4, 12–13 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41477-017-0089-2

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