In this series, we profile the exciting major symposia slated for Plant Biology 2018. Check the Plant Biology 2018 website for updates on times and locations-- and register now so you don’t miss any of these great talks!

Major Symposium IV: The Ecophysiology of Photosynthesis from the Leaf to Global Scale will be held Tuesday, July 17, 2018, 3:00–5:30 PM and is organized by Tom Sharkey of Michigan State University.

This symposium focuses on advances in photosynthesis research at the level of the leaf, plant, ecosystem, and Earth-- the speakers will discuss how photosynthesis might be manipulated to better serve human needs for food, fuel, and fiber; the interplay between environmental change and photosynthesis; and how we can understand photosynthesis at ecosystem and global scale.

This symposium will feature:

  • Leaf: Improving Photosynthesis to Maximize Productivity, by Elizabete Carmo-Silva from Lancaster University.

  • Plant: Ecophysiology of Plant Response to Environmental Change Over Evolutionary Time Scales, by Joy Ward from the University of Kansas.

  • Ecosystem: Synthesis Scales using Global Databases, by Beverly Law, from Oregon State University

  • Global Scale: Quantifying Photosynthesis at Regional and Global Scales, by Joseph Berry from the Carnegie Institution for Science – Stanford.

Plant Biology 2018 will be held July 14–18, 2018 in Montréal. For Plant Biology 2018 updates, join the Plantae Network for ASPB conferences, follow #plantbio18 on Twitter, and keep an eye on the program at