The Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE) project, supported by a $25 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is a multi-institutional effort that brings together the top minds in photosynthesis research and management to achieve our ultimate goal of increasing productivity in staple food crops around the world.
This collaboration is led by Grant Manager Lisa Emerson (University of Illinois), and Research Leaders Steve Long (University of Illinois), Murray Badger (Australian National University), Don Ort (University of Illinois, USDA-ARS), Christine Raines (University of Essex), and Martin Parry (Lancaster University), all of whom hold distinguished honors in their fields.
“This increase in food supply is a massive ask of agriculture. Conventional breeding techniques simply cannot deliver this increase in food. In this collaborative effort, we are seeking to understand the fundamental reaction at the centre of all life on Earth - photosynthesis - to help feed the world."
~ Murray Badger, Australian National University
Together, along with about 65 other specialists from seven leading research institutions, they will lead the effort to translate our fundamental knowledge of photosynthesis into real advances in increasing crop yields for world food production.