Bill & Melinda Gates Agricultural Innovations extends RIPE funding with $34M grant


Bill & Melinda Gates Agricultural Innovations has awarded a grant of $34 million to the Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency project, an international research effort led by scientists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. In its 10-year history, RIPE has demonstrated large increases in crop productivity in replicated field trials on the university farm.

  • Illinois News Bureau

The grant will support RIPE researchers over the next four years. The project will continue to look for further gains, with a focus on increasing the photosynthetic efficiency of cowpea and soybean, said RIPE director Stephen P. Long, a professor of crop sciences and of plant biology at Illinois.

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