Dr. Sayre’s Frontiers In Science Talks Explore Strategies To Improve Photosynthesis, Increase Energy Yields

Dr. Richard Sayre

LANL News:

  • First talk is Monday, Dec. 7 in Albuquerque

Los Alamos National Laboratory molecular biologist Richard Sayre will present two Frontiers in Science lectures, titled, “Hacking Photosynthesis: Growing Plants to Power Our Engines and Feed the World”.

In his talks, which begin Dec. 8, Dr. Sayre will discuss how improving photosynthetic efficiency may result in substantial increases in crop yields.

“Photosynthesis uses light from the sun and carbon dioxide from the air to make sugars that can be converted into energy-rich biofuels,” said Dr. Sayre, of the Laboratory’s Bioenergy and Biome Science Group. “Plants, however, transform less than five percent of the solar energy they capture into harvestable chemical energy.”

Dr. Sayre will describe strategies to improve the energy yield of algae and plant systems, while substantially reducing carbon emissions relative to petroleum.

The Frontiers in Science presentations begin at 7 p.m. and are free of charge:

  • Monday, Dec. 7 in the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, 1801 Mountain Road N.W., in Albuquerque; and
  • Friday, Dec. 11 in Duane Smith Auditorium at Los Alamos High School in Los Alamos.

Sponsored by the Fellows of Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Frontiers in Science lecture series is intended to increase local public awareness of the diversity of science and engineering research at the Laboratory.

For more information, call 505.665.9196 or email Linda Anderman at anderman@lanl.gov.