PETROSS is engineering two of the most productive crops in the world—sugarcane and sweet sorghum—into ultra-productive biofuel crops to provide an indefinite and sustainable supply of bio-oil.
Normal sugarcane and sorghum naturally produce only 0.05% oil, which is not enough to convert into biodiesel and jet fuel; however, PETROSS crops are being engineered to produce as much as 20% oil—13x more biodiesel per acre than an acre of soybeans.
Plants that are better able to turn the sun’s light energy into chemical energy grow larger and yield more. PETROSS is engineering its crops to photosynthesize 50% more efficiently, which could translate to 50% higher yields.
Sugarcane has a limited growing region; currently, it is grown on just 892,700 acres in the U.S. PETROSS crops could be grown on 23 million acres of marginal land in the Southeastern U.S.