The light energy conversion in photosynthetic systems

Il 4 marzo 2024, a partire dalle ore 9:00, presso l'Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (Palazzo Corsini in Via della Lungara 10, Roma), si terrà il convegno The light energy conversion in photosynthetic systems: a symposium in memory of Giorgio Forti (1931-2021).

Forti was a member of the Accademia dei Lincei, dean of the category of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, until he passed away at the age of 90 on March first, 2021. He was an initiator and promoter in Italy of studies on photosynthesis, of which he investigated fundamental aspects with particular regard to the mechanisms of electronic transport from water to NADP+ and concomitant synthesis of ATP. The symposium will begin by retracing the life of Giorgio Forti and his academic role. This will be followed by a series of interventions by former collaborators and other Italian and international scientists who will review the progress of studies concerning: i) the oxidation of water and the production of oxygen, (ii) the mechanisms of electronic transport to NADP+ and regulation of photon collection between photosystem I and II and the structure and function of ATPase. Finally, a perspective for (bio)technological solutions to environmental sustainability problems by modifying photosynthetic function will be proposed.

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