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TIGR2ESS: Transforming India's Green Revolution by Research and Empowerment for Sustainable food Supplies

A Global Challenges Research Fund project

Studying at Cambridge


Flagship Project 2

Overview of Flagship Project 2

Flagship Project 2: Crop Sciences - Water Use and Photosynthesis

a) Improving Water Use and Yield Stability in Rice

In this part of the project, we aim to identify crops that use water more efficiently without compromising productivity. For every kilogram accumulated, crops can lose around one tonne of water. This is because for plants to grow they must lose water through pores in the leaf. Some crop varieties show more dynamic opening and closing of these pores in response to changing conditions, and thus lose less water per unit growth. Some crops show increased rates of photosynthesis for the same rate of water loss. Our aim is to use germplasm relevant to agriculture in India to identify crop accessions that save water.

Lead: Professor Julian Hibberd

Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge


Dr Tracy Lawson (University of Essex)

Professor Sigrid Heuer (Rothamsted Research)

S. Robin (Tamil Nadu Agricultural University)


b) Enhancing Photosynthesis

The aim is to enhance photosynthesis by identifying components of the algal Carbon Concentrating Mechanism (CCM) for expression in higher plants.

Lead: Professor Howard Griffiths

Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge


Dr Gitanjali Yadav (University of Cambridge/ NIPGR Delhi)

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TIGR2ESS Launches in New Delhi, Feb 2018

Feb 22, 2018

Cambridge and Indian partners launch collaboration to transform India’s Green Revolution

Changing the face of Indian farming

Dec 20, 2017

Indian agriculture is expected to feed a growing and increasingly urbanised population. But if everyone wants to move to towns and cities, who is left to farm the land?

Funding for TIGR2ESS Announced

Dec 20, 2017

Cambridge-led collaboration aims to tackle global food security challenge

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