THE PHOTO PROJECT
Survival and Development of Photosynthetic Oxygenic Organisms Tolerant to Space Radiation and Production of Compounds with Anti-Oxidant Properties

LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

The success of the Photo project during the Foton M2 and M3 space missions has been the result of the joint work of an international team composed of young researchers, with multi-disciplinary competences (biologists, engineers, physicists), and several Italian industries.

The Photo project has been carried out under the coordination work of the Dr. Maria Teresa Giardi of the National Research Council.

Following is the list of the international team members who took part to the Foton M2 space mission ( Photo-I and Photo-II experiments):

- Dania Esposito (Institute of Crystallography-National Research Council, Rome, Italy)
- Cecilia Faraloni (Institute of Ecosystem Study-National research Council, Florence, Italy)
- Andrea Margonelli (Institute of Crystallography-National Research Council, Rome, Italy)
- Emanuela Pace (Institute of Crystallography-National Research Council, Rome, Italy)
- Giuseppe Torzillo (Institute of Ecosystem Study-National research Council, Florence, Italy)
- Udo Johanningmeier (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle, Institut für Pflanzenphysiologie, Germany)
- Ivo Bertalan (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle, Institut für Pflanzenphysiologie, Germany)

Following is the list of the international team members that have been actively involved in all the phases of the Photo-II and Liulin-Photo experiments on board Foton M3 satellite:

- Amina Antonacci (Institute of Crystallography-National Research Council, Rome, Italy)
- Mario Damasso (Institute of Crystallography-National Research Council, Rome, Italy)
- Maya Lambreva (Institute of Crystallography-National Research Council, Rome, Italy)
- Andrea Margonelli (Institute of Crystallography-National Research Council, Rome, Italy)
- Gianni Pezzotti (Institute of Crystallography-National Research Council and Biosensor srl, Italy)
- Giuseppina Rea (Institute of Crystallography-National Research Council, Rome, Italy)
- Agnese Serafini (Institute of Crystallography-National Research Council, Rome, Italy)

- Udo Johanningmeier (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle, Institut für Pflanzenphysiologie, Germany)
- Ivo Bertalan (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle, Institut für Pflanzenphysiologie, Germany)

An active role in the Photo project has been played by several collaborators:
- Alba Zanini (National Institute for Nuclear Physics, Section of Torino, Italy)
- Tsvetan Dachev (Solar-Terrestrial Influences Laboratory – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria)
- Bruno Berra (Institute of General Physiology and Biochemistry “G. Esposito”, University of Milan)
- Angela Maria Rizzo (Institute of General Physiology and Biochemistry “G. Esposito”, University of MIlan)
- Daniela Billi (Dept. of Biology, University of Roma Tor Vergata)
- Fabio Polticelli (Computational Biochemistry Lab, University Roma Tre)

The italian companies which participated to the Photo project, implementing the hardware and software components, are:

- Centre for Advanced Research in Space Optics (CARSO), a research lab based in Trieste committed to Research & Development activities in the field of advanced optical instrumentation and components for space applications.
The company has been responsible for the development and implementation of the electronics of the Photo-II automatic fluorimeter and of the software for the acquisition of the data recorded.

- DAS srl, a company based in Palombara Sabina (Rome) with a capability of designing and manufacturing analysers and automated equipment with innovative technologies.
DAS manufactured the containers for the biological material used in the Photo-II automatic fluorimeter.

- Biosensor srl, a company with expertise in the Research & Development activities and Technology Transfer for Life Support Systems. Biosensor manufactured the containers for the biological material in collaboration with DAS.

- Kayser Italia srl, a system engineering company with expertise in studying, designing, manufacturing, integrating and testing of H/W and S/W systems and subsystems for space applications, advanced industrial research, environmental monitoring.
For the Photo project, Kayser Italia has developed and manufactured the hardware for the Photo-I experiment in Foton-M3 and the Biokon container to allocate the Photo-II fluorimeter.