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Climate Crop
Breaking the photosynthetic barrier for 400k species
Founded
2021
Employees*
4
Funding to Date*
$525,000
Website
matagene.com
Yehuda Borenstein, CEO
"Our solution is not competitive with other crop science programs. It's additive. It's fast, easy, and we can work on almost all crops."
Immediate yield jumps: 90% in Potatoes, 41% Canola, 24% Sorghum. Coming soon: Poplars, Cotton, Corn, Lettuce

Photosynthesis wastes sunlight. Many scientific efforts are underway to reengineer photosynthesis to increase yields. Climate Crop – 5 years in the making at Weizmann Institute – will outgrow them all. 

It works in all vascular plants. It’s simple – downregulating one enzyme. During the day, plants increase their storage of transient starch; at night, they use this starch as building blocks for all cell matter. Climate Crop simply increases the storage of transient starch – then the plant takes it from there.

Climate Crop will power applications across agriculture and industrial markets. Higher yielding cotton. More affordable animal feed. Carbon-sucking poplars.  Aviation fuels from rapeseed.