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Pioneering findings on the dual role of carbon dioxide in photosynthesis published in the latest issue of the scientific journal PNAS by Researchers at Umeå University.
It is well known that inorganic carbon in the form of CO2 (carbon dioxide) is reduced in a light driven process (photosynthesis) to organic compounds in the chloroplasts. Less known is the fact that inorganic carbon also affects the rate of the photosynthetic electron transport, as was published by the Nobel Prize winner Otto Warburg and his collaborator in the late 50's (Warburg and Krippdahl 1958).
Their explanation for the stimulating effect was logical at that time since they proposed that CO2 was the source of oxygen that plants produce. Their idea was proven to be incorrect many years later and instead we now know that H2O (water) is the source of oxygen in the atmosphere. The observed stimulating effect by inorganic carbon on photosynthetic electron transport, also observed by others later, has ever since Warburgs publication continued to cause an inflammatory debate among researchers around the world up till these days as indicated by the hundreds of papers published.
Our results will now put an end to this debate.

Read more: The new role of carbon dioxide in photosynthesis! Warburg was wrong but right

sand08During a ceremony held on 26 March in the Archbishop’s palace in Olomouc, Cyech Republic, Petr Bilík, Vice-Rector of the University honoured the UPSC-professor with the doctor honoris causa for his long-time collaboration with the Faculty of Science and for an essential contribution to the development of its research groups. 

Ivo Frébort, dean of the Faculty of Science mentioned in his laudatio the very fruitful collaboration between the UPSC-professor and the Palacký University during almost twenty years. Sandberg had supported the faculty with his knowledge and experience during the build up of their new research centre for plant biotechnology and agriculture, the Center of the Region Haná for Biotechnological and Agricultural Research. In connection with the doctorate ceremony the centre organised an extra mini-symposium on Auxin and Cytokinin to honour Göran Sandberg.

"I regard the honorary doctorate of this university as one of the top things in my career, because it is built on true science and true collaboration",  Göran Sandberg said in his speech during the ceremony.

Annika Jagander, Swedish Ambassador in the Czech Republic, participated also in the ceremony.

The Palacký University of Olomouc was founded 1566 and is the second oldest university in the Czech lands.
The University has about 24, 000 students and over 1,800 employees.

Watch the ceremony in English on Video (YouTube)

Press release of the Palacký University in Olomouc


Theres Lasse studiebesokUPSC och kemiska institutionen inbjuder gymnasieelever till spännande information om det nya civilingenjörsprogrammet i bioresursteknik som kommer att starta hösten 2014. Eleverna får träffa forskare och lärare för att diskutera det nya programmet. Forskarna visar runt på laboratorier och i växthuset.

När: 1 april 2014, kl 18.00-20.00
Var: Entrén vid KBC-huset, Umeå universitet

Efter informationen bjuds eleverna på tilltugg och mingel.
Anmälan via formulär eller genom email till Theres Lasses (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), studentkontakt.

Mer information om det nya programmet.


On 1 April, 18.00-20.00, UPSC and the department will organise an open house with a lot of exciting information about the new programme "Bioresource technology"  in civil engineering. The programme will start in fall 2014. Researchers and teachers from UPSC and the department of chemistry will inform about the programme and guide the visitors around in laboratories and green houses. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. study contact.