Producing cold tolerant PETROSS crops to substantially increase the growing region.

Sugarcane has a limited growing region; it can be grown only in tropical areas, including Hawaii, Florida, and the southern edge of the Gulf Coast states. To develop cold tolerant varieties that could drastically increase the crop’s growing region, sugarcane is crossed with Miscanthus, a related grass that is productive in colder climates.

Using new crossing technologies, PETROSS is producing sugarcane-Miscanthus hybrids that perform as well as Miscanthus at 10°C, extending sugarcane’s growing season by 30 days and boosting yields by as much as 25%.