In plants, electrons are transferred in chloroplasts using light energy, as a result, they fix carbon dioxide into sugars. A group led by Associate Prof. Jun Minagawa of the Institute of Low Temperature Science successfully elucidated the cyclic electron flow (CEF) - a hitherto unknown pathway of the two modes of electron flow that exist in chloroplasts.
Assistant Prof. Junpei Takano (Research Faculty of Agriculture) in collaboration with Prof. Toru Fujiwara (The University of Tokyo) and colleagues showed polar localization of boron transporters in the cell membranes of plant root cells.