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Evogene Receives Prestigious Grant to Develop Next-Gen Oilseed Crops

The Ag Seed division of computational biology company Evogene has been awarded a prestigious EU Horizon grant to support the development of oilseed crops that have high carbon dioxide assimilation and enhanced drought tolerance.

The project, called Crop4Clima, follows a proof of concept completed in 2021. It is scheduled to be carried out over the next 32 months, and will initially focus on canola and rapeseed seeds with the ability to assimilate 60 percent more carbon from the air while requiring 20 percent less water compared to traditional varieties. Expectations are that plants with higher CO2 uptake and a reduced need for water will support efforts to combat global warming, and that biomass yield per hectare will improve while the plant maintains a high oil content.

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