Crop4Clima

Crop 4 clima

Nurturing Resilient Crops for Sustainable Food Security in a Changing Climate

Nurturing Resilient Crops for Sustainable Food Security in a Changing Climate

Nurturing Resilient Crops for Sustainable Food Security in a Changing Climate

Crop4Clima is developing crops that can better tolerate arid conditions and assimilate more carbon dioxide to help mitigate climate change while improving yield and maintaining crop quality.

Funding

We are funded through the Horizon European Innovation Council’s Transition Open call, which supports the transition of innovation activities from Lab to Market, focusing on both the technological maturation and validation in relevant application environments and developing a business case and model for future commercialization.

European innovation council: Co-funded by the European commission

Agriculture Needs Innovative Tools

In a world grappling with a growing population and the escalating impacts of climate change, agricultural productivity is being severely hampered by droughts and heat waves.

This scenario urges innovative solutions to meet the rising global food demand while minimizing the environmental impact of farming.

Our Solution

Crop4Clima’s groundbreaking solution tackles these challenges all at once by integrating several key features into one crop.

Increased Yield

Our crops are carefully engineered to boost yield, ensuring greater food production without compromising the nutritional value and quality.

Carbon Sequestration

Our crop contributes to carbon sequestration, thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping mitigate climate change.

Enhanced Drought Tolerance

With a remarkable 20% improvement in drought tolerance, our crop is designed to flourish even in severe water shortage conditions.

Application

Rapeseed, also known as canola, is our first application, as it offers innate adaptability, yield potential, nutritional benefits, and existing cultivation infrastructure.

Our aim is to offer an oil-seed crop that can assimilate 60% more carbon dioxide from the air while requiring 20% less water intake than crops grown using standard agricultural practices.

By leveraging the power of metabolic optimization in rapeseed, we can pave the way for the application of our technology to other major C3 crops in the future, such as soybean, cotton, potato, wheat, rice, barley, etc.

Our Methodology: A Unique Metabolic Pathway for Better Yield

Our crop improvement approach uses metabolic optimization to bypass photorespiration, a growth-limiting plant process that dissipates energy and leads to the futile loss of CO2.

We leverage the groundbreaking TaCo pathway, a new metabolic pathway that recaptures the released CO₂ via photorespiration and reincorporates it in the carbon-fixating biosystem. The TaCo pathway was developed and validated by the FET Open project FutureAgriculture.

This innovative pathway has demonstrated remarkable potential in enhancing carbon uptake, improving drought tolerance, and reducing water usage and fertilization in model plants.

Through meticulous greenhouse and confined field trials, we are determined to assess the efficacy and potential of resilient rapeseed crops, meeting the surging demand for sustainable and low-impact food supply chains.

Our Positive Impacts

Empowering Farmers

Our crops can help farmers’ associations save on irrigation and fertilization costs, grow on marginal land without sacrificing productivity or quality and mostly contribute to reducing their carbon print.

Unlocking Inaccessible Land

Climate change will reshape agricultural land suitability, especially in southern Europe and developing nations. Our technology will help crops to grow in these expanding harsher conditions and contributes to global food security.