Photosynthesis Research

, Volume 94, Issue 1, pp 121–143 | Cite as

Discoveries in Rubisco (Ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase): a historical perspective

  • Archie R. PortisJr.Email author
  • Martin A. J. Parry
Historical Corner


Historic discoveries and key observations related to Rubisco (Ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase), from 1947 to 2006, are presented. Currently, around 200 papers describing Rubisco research are published each year and the literature contains more than 5000 manuscripts on the subject. While trying to ensure that all the major events over this period are recorded, this analysis will inevitably be incomplete and will reflect the areas of particular interest to the authors.


Carbamylation Carbon fixation History Inhibitors Light regulation Photorespiration Rubisco Rubisco activase 



The authors thank Govindjee for editing and inviting us to write this historical minireview. We thank Alf Keys, Mike Salvucci and our reviewers for suggestions that led to the improvement of the timeline presented here. Archie Portis thanks the Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture and the Office of Basic Energy Sciences, United States Department of Energy for their long-term support. Martin Parry thanks the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council of the United Kingdom for their grant-aided support.

We offer our sincere apologies to those whose contributions could not be included here.


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  1. 1.Photosynthesis Research Unit, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of AgricultureUniversity of IllinoisUrbanaUSA
  2. 2.Crop Performance and ImprovementRothamsted ResearchHarpendenUK

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