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Solar Energy to Biomass - Optimisation of light energy conversion in plants and microalgae

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Project "SE2B" data sheet

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postcode: 60323

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Project website
 Total cost 3˙839˙377 €
 EC max contribution 3˙839˙377 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.1. (Fostering new skills by means of excellent initial training of researchers)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-ITN-ETN
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-03-01   to  2020-08-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
3    QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON UK (LONDON) participant 546˙575.00
4    STICHTING VU NL (AMSTERDAM) participant 510˙748.00
5    TURUN YLIOPISTO FI (Turku) participant 269˙145.00
6    UMEA UNIVERSITET SE (UMEA) participant 263˙659.00
7    UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI VERONA IT (VERONA) participant 258˙061.00
8    WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY NL (WAGENINGEN) participant 255˙374.00
10    PHYCOSOURCE FR (GARGES-LES-GONESSE) participant 157˙506.00


 Project objective

In the face of the increasing global consumption of fossil resources, photosynthetic organisms offer an attractive alternative that could meet our rising future needs as clean, renewable, sources of energy and for the production of fine chemicals. Key to the efficient exploitation of these organisms is to optimise the conversion of Solar Energy into Biomass (SE2B). The SE2B network deals with this optimisation in an interdisciplinary approach including molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics and biotechnology. Regulation processes at the level of the photosynthetic membranes, integrating molecular processes within individual proteins up to flexible re-arrangements of the membranes, will be analysed as a dynamic network of interacting regulations. SE2B will yield information about the similarities and differences between cyanobacteria, green algae, diatoms and higher plants, the organisms most commonly employed in biotechnological approaches exploiting photosynthetic organisms, as well as in agriculture. The knowledge gained from understanding these phenomena will be directly transferred to increase the productivity of algal mass cultures for valuable products, and for the development of sophisticated analytic devices that are used to optimise this production. In future, the knowledge created can also be applicable to the design of synthetic cell factories with efficient light harvesting and energy conversion systems. The SE2B network will train young researchers to work at the forefront of innovations that shape the bio-based economy. SE2B will develop a training program based on individual and network-wide training on key research and transferable skills, and will furthermore disseminate these results by open online courses prepared by the young researchers themselves.


List of deliverables.
Practical Course P3 Other 2020-03-24 16:32:34
Practical Course P2 Other 2020-03-24 16:32:34
Presentation of Results by ESRs at the Conference C2 Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-03-24 16:32:34
Recruitment Other 2020-03-24 16:32:33
Progress Report Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-03-24 16:32:34
International Scientific Conference with invited speakers C2 Other 2020-03-24 16:32:34
SE2B Website Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-03-24 16:32:34
Kick-off meeting (C1) Other 2020-03-24 16:32:33
Workshops W1a-c Other 2020-03-24 16:32:34
Practical Course P1 Other 2020-03-24 16:32:34

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of SE2B deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Alberta Pinnola, Alessandro Alboresi, Lukáš Nosek, Dmitry Semchonok, Arshad Rameez, Andrea Trotta, Fabrizio Barozzi, Roman Kouřil, Luca Dall’Osto, Eva-Mari Aro, Egbert J. Boekema, Roberto Bassi
A LHCB9-dependent photosystem I megacomplex induced under low light in Physcomitrella patens
published pages: 910-919, ISSN: 2055-0278, DOI: 10.1038/s41477-018-0270-2
Nature Plants 4/11 2020-03-24
2018 M. J. Llansola-Portoles, K. Redeckas, S. Streckaité, C. Ilioaia, A. A. Pascal, A. Telfer, M. Vengris, L. Valkunas, B. Robert
Lycopene crystalloids exhibit singlet exciton fission in tomatoes
published pages: 8640-8646, ISSN: 1463-9076, DOI: 10.1039/c7cp08460a
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 20/13 2020-03-24
2019 Manuel J. Llansola-Portoles, Fei Li, Pengqi Xu, Simona Streckaite, Cristian Ilioaia, Chunhong Yang, Andrew Gall, Andrew A. Pascal, Roberta Croce, Bruno Robert
Tuning antenna function through hydrogen bonds to chlorophyll a
published pages: 148078, ISSN: 0005-2728, DOI: 10.1016/j.bbabio.2019.148078
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Bioenergetics 2020-03-24
2018 Youssef Rouphael, Lukáš Spíchal, Klára Panzarová, Raffaele Casa, Giuseppe Colla
High-Throughput Plant Phenotyping for Developing Novel Biostimulants: From Lab to Field or From Field to Lab?
published pages: , ISSN: 1664-462X, DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2018.01197
Frontiers in Plant Science 9 2020-03-24
2020 Parveen Akhtar, Avratanu Biswas, Nia Petrova, Tomas Zakar, Ivo H. M. van Stokkum, Petar H. Lambrev
Time-resolved fluorescence study of excitation energy transfer in the cyanobacterium Anabaena PCC 7120
published pages: , ISSN: 0166-8595, DOI: 10.1007/s11120-020-00719-w
Photosynthesis Research 2020-03-24
2017 Alberta Pinnola, Matteo Ballottari, Ilaria Bargigia, Marcelo Alcocer, Cosimo D’Andrea, Giulio Cerullo, Roberto Bassi
Functional modulation of LHCSR1 protein from Physcomitrella patens by zeaxanthin binding and low pH
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-11101-7
Scientific Reports 7/1 2020-03-24
2018 Perroud, Pierre-François; Haas, Fabian B; Hiss, Manuel; Ullrich, Kristian K; et al; Szövényi, Peter
The Physcomitrella patens gene atlas project: large-scale RNA-seq based expression data
published pages: , ISSN: 1365-313X, DOI: 10.5167/uzh-161740
Perroud, Pierre-François; Haas, Fabian B; Hiss, Manuel; Ullrich, Kristian K; et al; Szövényi, Peter (2018). The Physcomitrella patens gene atlas project: large-scale RNA-seq based expression data. The Plant Journal, 95(1):168-182. 2 2020-03-24
2019 Pablo I. Calzadilla, Jiao Zhan, Pierre Sétif, Claire Lemaire, Daniel Solymosi, Natalia Battchikova, Qiang Wang, Diana Kirilovsky
The Cytochrome b 6 f Complex Is Not Involved in Cyanobacterial State Transitions
published pages: 911-931, ISSN: 1040-4651, DOI: 10.1105/tpc.18.00916
The Plant Cell 31/4 2020-03-24
2020 Avratanu Biswas, Xinpeng Huang, Petar H. Lambrev, Ivo H. M. van Stokkum
Modelling excitation energy transfer and trapping in the filamentous cyanobacterium Anabaena variabilis PCC 7120
published pages: , ISSN: 0166-8595, DOI: 10.1007/s11120-020-00723-0
Photosynthesis Research 2020-03-24
2020 Fernando Muzzopappa, Diana Kirilovsky
Changing Color for Photoprotection: The Orange Carotenoid Protein
published pages: 92-104, ISSN: 1360-1385, DOI: 10.1016/j.tplants.2019.09.013
Trends in Plant Science 25/1 2020-03-24
2018 Patrick E. Konold, Ivo H. M. van Stokkum, Fernando Muzzopappa, Adjélé Wilson, Marie-Louise Groot, Diana Kirilovsky, John T. M. Kennis
Photoactivation Mechanism, Timing of Protein Secondary Structure Dynamics and Carotenoid Translocation in the Orange Carotenoid Protein
published pages: 520-530, ISSN: 0002-7863, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b11373
Journal of the American Chemical Society 141/1 2020-03-24
2019 Fernando Muzzopappa, Adjélé Wilson, Diana Kirilovsky
Interdomain interactions reveal the molecular evolution of the orange carotenoid protein
published pages: 1076-1086, ISSN: 2055-0278, DOI: 10.1038/s41477-019-0514-9
Nature Plants 5/10 2020-03-24
2019 Vincenzo Mascoli, Nicoletta Liguori, Pengqi Xu, Laura M. Roy, Ivo H.M. van Stokkum, Roberta Croce
Capturing the Quenching Mechanism of Light-Harvesting Complexes of Plants by Zooming in on the Ensemble
published pages: 10.1016/j.chempr, ISSN: 2451-9294, DOI: 10.1016/j.chempr.2019.08.002
Chem 29 August 2019 2020-03-24
2019 Marijonas Tutkus, Francesco Saccon, Jevgenij Chmeliov, Oskaras Venckus, Ignas Ciplys, Alexander V. Ruban, Leonas Valkunas
Single-molecule microscopy studies of LHCII enriched in Vio or Zea
published pages: 499-507, ISSN: 0005-2728, DOI: 10.1016/j.bbabio.2019.05.002
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Bioenergetics 1860/6 2020-03-24
2018 Simona Streckaite, Zdenko Gardian, Fei Li, Andrew A. Pascal, Radek Litvin, Bruno Robert, Manuel J. Llansola-Portoles
Pigment configuration in the light-harvesting protein of the xanthophyte alga Xanthonema debile
published pages: 139-148, ISSN: 0166-8595, DOI: 10.1007/s11120-018-0557-1
Photosynthesis Research 138/2 2020-03-24
2019 Pablo I. Calzadilla, Fernando Muzzopappa, Pierre Sétif, Diana Kirilovsky
Different roles for ApcD and ApcF in Synechococcus elongatus and Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 phycobilisomes
published pages: 488-498, ISSN: 0005-2728, DOI: 10.1016/j.bbabio.2019.04.004
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Bioenergetics 1860/6 2020-03-24
2018 Marjaana Rantala, Virpi Paakkarinen, Eva-Mari Aro
Analysis of Thylakoid Membrane Protein Complexes by Blue Native Gel Electrophoresis
published pages: , ISSN: 1940-087X, DOI: 10.3791/58369
Journal of Visualized Experiments 139 2020-03-24
2018 Dvir Harris, Adjele Wilson, Fernando Muzzopappa, Nikolai N. Sluchanko, Thomas Friedrich, Eugene G. Maksimov, Diana Kirilovsky, Noam Adir
Structural rearrangements in the C-terminal domain homolog of Orange Carotenoid Protein are crucial for carotenoid transfer
published pages: Article number: , ISSN: 2399-3642, DOI: 10.1038/s42003-018-0132-5
Communications Biology 1/1 2020-03-24
2019 Yury B. Slonimskiy, Fernando Muzzopappa, Eugene G. Maksimov, Adjélé Wilson, Thomas Friedrich, Diana Kirilovsky, Nikolai N. Sluchanko
Light‐controlled carotenoid transfer between water‐soluble proteins related to cyanobacterial photoprotection
published pages: 1908-1924, ISSN: 1742-464X, DOI: 10.1111/febs.14803
The FEBS Journal 286/10 2020-03-24
2019 Ioannis Dikaios, Christo Schiphorst, Luca Dall’Osto, Alessandro Alboresi, Roberto Bassi, Alberta Pinnola
Functional analysis of LHCSR1, a protein catalyzing NPQ in mosses, by heterologous expression in Arabidopsis thaliana
published pages: 1-16, ISSN: 0166-8595, DOI: 10.1007/s11120-019-00656-3
Photosynthesis Research 03 July 2019 2020-03-24
2017 Marjaana Rantala, Mikko Tikkanen, Eva-Mari Aro
Proteomic characterization of hierarchical megacomplex formation in Arabidopsis thylakoid membrane
published pages: 951-962, ISSN: 0960-7412, DOI: 10.1111/tpj.13732
The Plant Journal 92/5 2020-03-24
2019 Francesco Saccon, Milan Durchan, Radek Kaňa, Ondřej Prášil, Alexander V. Ruban, Tomáš Polívka
Spectroscopic Properties of Violaxanthin and Lutein Triplet States in LHCII are Independent of Carotenoid Composition
published pages:, ISSN: 1520-6106, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.9b06293
The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2019XXXXXXXXXX-XXX 2020-03-24
2017 Fernando Muzzopappa, Adjélé Wilson, Vinosa Yogarajah, Sandrine Cot, François Perreau, Cédric Montigny, Céline Bourcier de Carbon, Diana Kirilovsky
Paralogs of the C-Terminal Domain of the Cyanobacterial Orange Carotenoid Protein Are Carotenoid Donors to Helical Carotenoid Proteins
published pages: 1283-1303, ISSN: 0032-0889, DOI: 10.1104/pp.17.01040
Plant Physiology 175/3 2020-03-24
2018 Reza Ranjbar Choubeh, Emilie Wientjes, Paul C. Struik, Diana Kirilovsky, Herbert van Amerongen
State transitions in the cyanobacterium Synechococcus elongatus 7942 involve reversible quenching of the photosystem II core
published pages: , ISSN: 0005-2728, DOI: 10.1016/j.bbabio.2018.06.008
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Bioenergetics 2020-03-24
2018 Mikko Tikkanen, Steffen Grebe
Switching off photoprotection of photosystem I - a novel tool for gradual PSI photoinhibition
published pages: 156-161, ISSN: 0031-9317, DOI: 10.1111/ppl.12618
Physiologia Plantarum 162/2 2020-03-24
2018 Roman Kouřil, Lukáš Nosek, Dmitry Semchonok, Egbert J. Boekema, Petr Ilík
Organization of Plant Photosystem II and Photosystem I Supercomplexes.
published pages: 259-286, ISSN: , DOI: 10.1007/978-981-10-7757-9_9
Subcellular Biochemistry 2020-03-24
2018 Marjaana Rantala, Virpi Paakkarinen, Eva-Mari Aro
Separation of Thylakoid Protein Complexes with Two-dimensional Native-PAGE
published pages: , ISSN: 2331-8325, DOI: 10.21769/BioProtoc.2899
BIO-PROTOCOL 8/13 2020-03-24
2018 Alexandra J. Townsend, Francesco Saccon, Vasco Giovagnetti, Sam Wilson, Petra Ungerer, Alexander V. Ruban
The causes of altered chlorophyll fluorescence quenching induction in the Arabidopsis mutant lacking all minor antenna complexes
published pages: , ISSN: 0005-2728, DOI: 10.1016/j.bbabio.2018.03.005
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Bioenergetics 2020-03-24

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