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Enterprise 07 - Sugar Cane Farming.

Dr. Hennie Groenewald of Stellenbosch University stands in a forest of gold sugarcane lit by light that makes his plants grow in the colder climes of the Western Cape, South Africa. His research into the genetic manipulation of an enzyme within sugarcane varieties has led to an exciting discovery & put him on a sweet trail of adventure into un-chartered land in the field of agriculture. By downgrading the activity of the PFP1 enzyme he has managed to make this particular enzyme less active in its function. This in turn causes the plant to store more sucrose & thus it carries a higher yield of sugar per plant. The 1% difference this makes means that South Africa can sweeten its sugar harvest by more than R250 million rand per annum. Sweet success indeed!

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