RIPE project receives additional $13 million to accelerate progress to redesign photosynthesis
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation increases RIPE project investment to complement support from FFAR and DFID to improve yields for farmers worldwide.
Scientists debunk potential link to crop cold tolerance
Crops are far from reaching their photosynthetic potential.
Cassava breeding hasn’t improved photosynthesis or yield potential
Unimproved varieties of cassava photosynthesize better than those selected for improved pest and disease resistance.
Scientists engineer crops to conserve water, resist drought
As reported in Nature Communications, RIPE has improved how a crop uses water by 25 percent—without compromising yield—by altering the expression of one gene.
DOE grants $10.6 million to produce more biodiesel, biojet fuel
The U.S. Department of Energy awarded the University of Illinois a $10.6 million, five-year grant to transform two of the most productive crops in America into sustainable sources of biodiesel and biojet fuel.
Farming crops with rocks to reduce CO2 and improve global food security
Adding fast-reacting silicate rocks to croplands could capture CO2 and give increased protection from pests and diseases while restoring soil structure and fertility.