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Optimizing photosynthesis performance, marketable yields, and berry quality using blue light.
This project aims to uncover the mechanisms of early-stage blue light acclimation on the improvement of photosynthesis processes. The effects of blue light ‘priming’ on assimilation rate, stomatal responses, water use efficiency, leaf pigmentation, photoprotection, thermosensitivity, and floral initiation will be explored. We will use genetic manipulation on blue light signaling pathways to deepen our understanding on photosynthetic acclimation to blue light, with particular focus on stomatal development pathway and related influencing factors. Furthermore, we will investigate the potential of using blue light to increase key flavanols and phenolic acid content in berries. Collectively, this project will provide pathways to achieve higher fruit yield and better berry quality. Understanding the molecular mechanisms of these responses will shed light on future breeding avenues for improving photosynthetic productivity, reducing water use, and regulation of fruit bearing.