Optogenetics in plants

Christie, J. M. and Zurbriggen, M. D. (2021) Optogenetics in plants. New Phytologist, 229(6), pp. 3108-3115. (doi: 10.1111/nph.17008) (PMID:33064858)

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The last two decades have witnessed the emergence of optogenetics; a field that has given researchers the ability to use light to control biological processes at high spatio‐temporal and quantitative resolution, in a reversible manner with minimal side effects. Optogenetics has revolutionised the neurosciences, increased our understanding of cellular signalling and metabolic networks and resulted in variety of applications in biotechnology and biomedicine. However, implementing optogenetics in plants has been less straight forward given their dependency on light for their life cycle. Here, we highlight some of the widely used technologies in microorganisms and animal systems derived from plant photoreceptor proteins and discuss strategies recently implemented to overcome the challenges for using optogenetics in plants.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Christie, Professor John
Authors: Christie, J. M., and Zurbriggen, M. D.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Molecular Cell and Systems Biology
Journal Name:New Phytologist
ISSN (Online):1469-8137
Published Online:16 October 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in New Phytologist 229(6): 3108-3115
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
170684Photoreceptor Engineering to Modulate Plant GrowthJohn ChristieBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)BB/M002128/1MCSB - Plant Sciences
301413How do Phototropin Receptor Kinases Initiate Signalling from the PlasmaJohn ChristieBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)BB/R001499/1Institute of Molecular, Cell & Systems Biology