International conference on “Photosynthesis and Hydrogen Energy Research for Sustainability-2019”: in honor of Tingyun Kuang, Anthony Larkum, Cesare Marchetti, and Kimiyuki Satoh

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The 10th International Conference on «Photosynthesis and Hydrogen Energy Research for Sustainability-2019» was held in honor of Tingyun Kuang (China), Anthony Larkum (Australia), Cesare Marchetti (Italy), and Kimiyuki Satoh (Japan), in St. Petersburg (Russia) during June 23–28, 2019. The official conference organizers from the Russian side were from the Institute of Basic Biological Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IBBP RAS), Russian Society for Photobiology (RSP), and the Komarov Botanical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences ([K]BIN RAS). This conference was organized with the help of Monomax Company, a member of the International Congress Convention Association (ICCA), and was supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. Here, we provide a brief description of the conference, its scientific program, as well as a brief introduction and key contributions of the four honored scientists. Further, we emphasize the recognition given, at this conference, to several outstanding young researchers, from around the World, for their research in the area of our conference. A special feature of this paper is the inclusion of photographs provided by one of us (Tatsuya Tomo). Lastly, we urge the readers to watch for information on the next 11th conference on “Photosynthesis and Hydrogen Energy Research for Sustainability-2021,” to be held in Bulgaria in 2021.

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Acknowledgement

We are grateful to all the participants (~ 200) for coming to Saint Petersburg and sharing the Event with us. We thank the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation (Grant No. 075-02-2019-1443) as well as the following sponsors, who provided significant support to the 10th International Conference «Photosynthesis and Hydrogen Energy Research for Sustainability-2019»: Li-COR, Springer, International Society of Photosynthesis Research (ISPR), DIA-M, Okabiolab, WALZ, and SpezLabProekt. We thank Elena Margulis and Lidiya Lyaskovskaya, members of Monomax PCO, for their valuable contribution in the organization of our conference. We are highly obliged to Valeriya Dmitrieva, Camilla Rabadanova, Sergey Shibut, Daria Vetoshkina, and Elena Zhurikova (members of the Congress-service Company) for providing excellent technical support during the conference. We recognize all the members of international organizing and local organizing & program committees (https://icprs.ru/#!/organizers) for their hard work for this conference. Our very special thanks go to Agrisera Company for providing the special prize for young talents and for giving a great master-class lecture on western blotting via Skype; ISPR, which provided the award plaques for the honored scientists; and the Lab Instruments Company, the gold sponsor of the conference, for the oral presentation by Sergey Antsypovich about the company products and collaborations and for providing the gold financial support for our conference. The preparation of the manuscript by AAT and MMB-M was supported by the Russian Ministry of Science and Education, Russia, (АААА-А17-117030110141-2 and АААА-А17-117030110135-1, respectively). Five of us (Borisova-Mubarakshina, Tsygankov, Allakhverdiev, Eaton-Rye, and Govindjee) are grateful to our coauthor Tatsuya Tomo, as well as Rie Nagayoshi for the photographs used in this paper. Further, five of us (Borisova-Mubarakshina, Tsygankov, Tomo, Allakhverdiev, and Govindjee) give very special thanks to our coauthor Julian Eaton-Rye (Secretary, ISPR) for recognizing and presenting the award plaques to the honored scientists and the award certificates to the selected young scientists. Lastly, we thank Andrew H. Debevec for helping Govindjee in preparing the final jpeg files, used here.

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List of the titles of the presentations by young scientists—the winners of oral and poster talks (arranged alphabetically, with the titles of their papers):

  • Zahra Abdi (Iran): “Water oxidation by vitamin B12: questions and challenges”

  • Aleksander Ashikhmin (Russia) “Carotenoid-induced formation of LH1 light-harvesting complexes from B820 subunits of sulfur photosynthetic bacterium Ectothiorhodospira haloalkaliphila”

  • Martina Beckova (Czech Republic) “Role of specific Photosystem II complexes in the cyanobacterial chlorophyll a biosynthesis”

  • Jack Forsman (New Zealand) “Hydrophobic interactions between the D1 and PsbT subunits of Photosystem II stabilize the iron-quinone acceptor complex”

  • Volker Hartmann (Germany) “In vitro reconstitution of a Photosystem II- phycobilisome super-complex for enhanced light harvesting in bio-photovoltaics”

  • Maxim Kozlov (Russia) “Influence of vibrations of conjugated bonds of lutein on the energy transfer rate in LHCII”

  • Tirupathi Malavath (Israel) “Structure of Photosystem I from halotolerant green algae Dunaliella salina”

  • Camilla Rabadanova (Russia) “TOR kinase and GORK channels in sensing of cellular potassium levels during induction of autophagy in Arabidopsis and barley”

  • Mahya Salmanion (Iran) “Nickel–iron hydroxides: New findings and challenges”

  • Daisuke Takagi (Japan) “Phosphorus toxicity decreases both electron sink activity and anti-oxidative activity in rice leaves”

  • Miyuki Tanabe (Japan) “Responses of energy-transfer processes in diatoms to fluctuating light.”

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Borisova-Mubarakshina, M.M., Tsygankov, A.A., Tomo, T. et al. International conference on “Photosynthesis and Hydrogen Energy Research for Sustainability-2019”: in honor of Tingyun Kuang, Anthony Larkum, Cesare Marchetti, and Kimiyuki Satoh. Photosynth Res 146, 5–15 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11120-019-00687-w

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  • Tingyun Kuang
  • Anthony Larkum
  • Cesare Marchetti
  • Kimiyuki Satoh
  • Photosynthesis Research
  • Hydrogen Energy Research
  • Sustainability