Water Efficient Sorghum Technologies (WEST) is developing water efficient crops that require 40% less water per acre to produce biomass, ensuring a sustainable source of bioproducts and biofuels.

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Reduce
Water Loss

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

Improve
Crop Canopy

Conserve water by promoting photosynthesis in the humid lower canopy.

Engineer
Water-Efficiency Genes

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

Generate
Sorghum Hybrids

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

Conduct
Market Analysis

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

WEST awarded $5M to increase water use efficiency in bioenergy sorghum
U of I crop research moves at light speed with FRED, WILMA
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