溫泉紅藻的光合作用調節機制 Regulatory mechanism of photosynthesis of extremophilic red algae
1. 發表溫泉紅藻新屬研究。Establishment of a new genus of extremophilic red algae (Cyanidiophyceae).
2. 著手進行溫泉紅藻光合作用保護機制的分析。Analysis of protective mechanisms in photosynthesis of extremophilic red algae.
3. 於中山大學舉辦微生物生態研究年輕學者工作坊。Co-organization of a young scientist workshop on microbial ecology at NSYSU.
4. 新開設光合作用研究相關生物科學專業課程。Delivering intermediate to advanced courses on photosynthesis studies.
Benefiting from the funding and support of the Yushan Young Scholar Project and of NSYSU, the photosynthesis laboratory has been further strengthened with the installation of specialized instruments. The laboratory aims at understanding the regulatory mechanism of photosynthesis of extremophilic red algae under different light conditions, focusing on cyanidiophytes isolated in Taiwan and containing unique photosynthetic apparatus. During the second year of the project, a comprehensive comparative analysis of genomic, morphological, and physiological traits was successfully conducted to address the controversial phylogenetic position of one strain isolated from Yangmingshan National Park through cooperation among domestic and foreign scientists. The establishment of a new genus and a new species, Cyanidiococcus yangmingshanensis, is published in a high-impact journal in the field of phycology. Another finding revealed that the cell contents of ascorbic acid and antioxidant enzymes were increased under high light conditions in the abovementioned photoautotrophic strain. The results suggest that the photoprotection mechanism associated with ascorbic acid is prevalent among different species of cyanidiophytes. Analysis of the process of photoprotective nonphotochemical quenching in extremophilic red algae has been recently conducted and reveals some promising results. A workshop on microbial ecology was co-hosted with other young scholars and held at NSYSU to facilitate crossinstitutional exchange and explore opportunities for collaboration. New undergraduate and postgraduate level specialized courses in photosynthesis research and plant science were planned and delivered under approval to train and better equip future photosynthesis researchers.