Plant Biology

LANL/NMC partnership capabilities in plant biology span genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, informatics, biochemistry, bacteriology, microbiology, phenology, ecology, dynamic and quantitative computational modeling, spectroscopy, and remote sensing. As the research challenges in biology increasingly require crossing disciplines, our ability to assemble and integrate these inter-related and highly specialized research capabilities puts our partnership in a unique position to deliver cutting-edge, basic and translational research.  





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Photobioreactor Matrix


NMC performs basic research with impacts on sustainable energy production, food security, and climate induced ecological change.
  • We develop enhanced and sustainable supplies of plant-based energy feedstocks.
  • We increase plant productivity and nutritional qualities, and identify and mitigate risks to food supplies associated with natural and anthropogenic causes.
  • We elucidate carbon dynamics, energy and nutrient exchange, and climate feedbacks within the global climate system based on molecular-to-cellular-to-plant-to-ecosystem science and modeling.


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Sayre Research Team

Dr. Sayre's algal implant biology group is internationally known for improving algae as a feedstock for biofuels. His algae research program includes using algae to control mosquito populations that carry malaria and for vaccine delivery in agricultural applications.  The group works with a variety of plants investigating characteristics of various biofuels feedstocks and improving plant nutritional content and productivity.

Photobioreactor Matrix

The NMC also houses the LANL-NMC Photobioreactors which can fully simulate a micralgal biofuel pond environment. To learn more about using this bioreactor matrix click here.

Affiliated Researchers

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