Engineering PETROSS crops to photosynthesize more efficiently to boost biomass yields.

Through photosynthesis, plants harness energy from the sun to produce the oil and sugar needed for biofuel production. Photosynthetic improvements directly translate to higher yields. A digital design platform identified ways for PETROSS to increase photosynthesis as much as 50% by improving photosynthetic pathways and engineering the crop canopy to better utilize the sun’s light.

Today the project’s plants are 20% more efficient and therefore yield up to 20% more. Under cool conditions, our lines have an even greater efficiency advantage—67% more on average.


Saroj Parajuli