Enterprise 07 - Sugar Cane
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!