Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation
The search for new, environment friendly energy sources
Diatoms and nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria living in the world’s oceans play a key role in nitrogen and carbon cycles. Rachel Foster is studying how this symbiosis works at molecular level. This knowledge may aid understanding of plant evolution as well as our future climate.
How are new genes and functional proteins created? This is one of the most fundamental questions in evolutionary biology. An interdisciplinary research team at Uppsala University is now looking to find out. It is a high-risk project, but if they succeed they will have found one Holy Grail of evolutionary biology.