Details About this Research
Fifty years of photosynthesis research, with several landmark discoveries at the University of Illinois through state and federal partnerships, enabled RIPE to simulate the 170-step process of photosynthesis from the inner workings of enzymes to interactions between neighboring plants in the field. RIPE used these models to identify seven potential pipelines to improve photosynthesis and with the support of an initial $25 million, five-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, began work in 2012 to try to turn their ideas into sustainable yield increases.
The initial grant produced insights on how to boost crop yields by 20 percent through increased photosynthetic efficiency. This $45 million investment from FFAR, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office ensures we can continue to build off this critical research.