H2020TRL 4-5Agriculture


Rewiring photorespiration using natural and synthetic pathways to sustainably increase crop yield

Project details

GA Number



Research and Innovation Action


€8 m


1 May 2020


5 years and 9 months

Enhancing carbon fixation will boost the production of organic molecules and crop yield

Enhancing crop productivity is a vital goal to meet the food and fuel needs of a growing global population facing climate uncertainty. Photosynthesis is a primary determinant of crop yield. During this process, plants incorporate (fix) atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) to produce organic compounds and grow. In higher plants, photorespiration fixes oxygen (O2) instead of CO2 when CO2 is low. They consume O2 and release CO2 without producing ATP or sugar, reducing CO2 fixation and biomass production. The EU-funded GAIN4CROPS project aims to boost crop productivity by minimizing the effects of photorespiration; engineering highly efficient synthetic metabolic pathways to increase carbon fixation significantly.


Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der WissenschaftenUniversität RostockINsocietyThe Chancellor, Masters, and Scholars of the University of CambridgeEnergin .R Technologies 2009 LtdCorteva Agriscience Germany GmbHPioneer Genetique SARLPioneer Hi-Bred Spain SLCommissariat à l'Énergie Atomique et aux Énergies AlternativesUniversità degli Studi di PadovaEesti MaaülikoolRijksuniversiteit GroningenDepartement für Wirtschaft, Bildung und ForschungGenomix4Life

Our role

What we did to make this project TRULY INNOVATIVE.

  • Integrated sustainability assessment for the project‘s social, environmental, and economic parameters.


  • Organize and monitor communication and dissemination activities.


  • Manage exploitation opportunities, and prepare a roadmap and framework for collaboration with other projects.

Milestones step by step

A quick overview of the goals achieved by working on this project.

November 2020

Press release

A joint, multilingual press release describing the project and the role of each partner


  • Field trials of the GAIN4CROPS project
  • Consortium meeting at Padova, Italy

We join the current efforts to harmonize land use and healthy food production to conserve biodiversity and reduce the environmental impact of agriculture.

Andreas Weber – Project Coordinator