Through seven research objectives, the RIPE project is modeling the complete photosynthetic process to identify opportunities to improve photosynthesis at all levels molecules to crop canopies and translating successes to achieve sustainable increases in the yield of staple food crops.
We simulate photosynthesis in silico from gene to canopy to discover opportunities that could improve photosynthesis and boost yield.
Next we explore each opportunity to increase photosynthetic efficiency by engineering a model crop, which enables us to make modifications with precision and speed.
- Relaxing Photoprotection
- Photorespiratory Bypass
- RuBP Regeneration
- Improving Rubiscos
- Optimizing Canopies
- Algal Mechanisms
- Mesophyll Conductance
Finally, we transform our target food crops with the successful modifications to boost the yield of cowpea, cassava, rice, and soybeans.