Water Efficient Sorghum Technologies (WEST) is developing water-efficient crops that require less water per acre to produce more biomass, ensuring a sustainable source biofuel.

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Water Loss

Reduce the number of microscopic openings in the leaf that allow water to escape.

Crop Canopy

Conserve water by promoting photosynthesis in the humid lower canopy.

Water-Efficiency Genes

Develop sorghum plants with genes for reduced water loss and improved crop canopies.

Sorghum Hybrids

Breed sorghum plants that are naturally more water efficient to create superior hybrids.

Market Analysis

Continue to identify market opportunities for WEST's developing technologies.

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