Miho Nishimura | TEDxTokyo 2014
Plants are under constant environmental stress throughout the year, meaning that more intense sunlight or a rise in temperature due to global warming would cause them serious problems. Detailed research is required into photosynthesis’s ability to adjust to the environment and make functional enhancements; this will allow us to create plants that have both high photosynthetic ability and the strength to tolerate a harsh environment. Nishimura Miho has been conducting research into the mechanism of photosynthesis at the cellular and molecular level. She is also engaged in volunteer work, visiting high schools and junior high schools to speak about her leading-edge research. Through her activities to nurture our future and to create a new energy system—both of which are deeply linked—she is working to make our world a greener place.