Fellows Project ClimateCrop

ClimateCrop enhances plants’ genetics using non-GM techniques to increase yield per unit area with less inputs, resulting in a lower carbon footprint.


The production of plant-based food, feed, and other products significantly contributes to climate change, and meeting the rising demand for increased crop yield to feed the growing world population is difficult due to changing climate conditions. These conditions threaten crop productivity and food security.

Plant growth, yield, and survival depend on their stored energy, including transitory starch. ClimateCrop increases the daily starch storage in plant leaves using a simple, non-GMO, precisely targeted gene edit. This improves photosynthetic efficiency and results in better yields, improved tolerance to drought and heat waves, and reduced carbon footprints.

Over the next few decades, using ClimateCrop technology in major crops will help to meet the increasing demand for food and ensure sustainable agriculture in a changing environment. It will increase crop yields without increasing the need for water or chemical fertilizers, farming techniques, or land use, preventing massive amounts of CO2 equivalents from being released.