In Canada, Benson Hill Biosystems is partnering with the University of Guelph to develop traits that increase canola yield as part of the Genome Canada Genomic Applications Partnership Program. The GAPP, along with provincial co-funding from the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science, will provide $2 million towards the $3.4 million project.
Benson Hill, using its proprietary CropOS cognitive computational platform, identified a portfolio of trait candidates demonstrated to improve photosynthesis. In collaboration with the University of Guelph, researchers will validate these and other trait candidates in canola for further testing and development.
“Benson Hill’s system has developed promising trait leads with the potential to significantly accelerate the development of more productive and sustainable canola varieties,” said Dr. Peter Pauls, University of Guelph. “Accessing the most advanced genomics through this partnership will benefit the Canadian economy and consumers around the world, aligning well with the goals of the GAPP.”