Engineering PETROSS crops to produce bio-oil that can be converted into biodiesel or jet fuel.

Plants naturally produce sugar as well as the type of oil that is converted into clean-burning biodiesel and jet fuel. However, there is only 0.05% oil in the plant because the oil is quickly metabolized into other chemicals. PETROSS crops will produce as much as 20% oil by speeding production and slowing consumption. The crops’ oil can produce biofuel while the sugar can be consumed, or converted into ethanol— thus PETROSS crops are a bioeconomy contained within a single genome.

Today PETROSS sugarcane produces 8% oil, which could yield 4.5x more biodiesel per acre than soybeans, with enough sugar left over to produce 2x more ethanol than an acre of corn.


Saroj Parajuli