For a new green revolution to feed the continually increasing population, agriculture productivity will have to be significantly improved. Photorespiration represents a big challenge in this respect, because it dissipates energy and leads to the futile loss of CO2, thereby limiting plant growth yield. The EU-funded FET Open project FutureAgriculture aims to implement an efficient metabolic bypass for photorespiration to increase the photosynthetic efficiency of many cultivated crops, including rice, wheat, barley, oat, soybean, cotton and potato.
Human population keeps increasing at a staggering rate. Feeding 10-15 billion people at the year 2100 is a challenging task that will only be met by drastic measures to increase agricultural productivity.
Transforming the future of agriculture through synthetic photorespiration
We aim to design and engineer synthetic photorespiration bypass routes that directly tackle the deficits and inefficiencies of natural photorespiration. The introduction of these synthetic pathways into plants will support higher photosynthetic rate and yield.