Breeding Sorghum for Increased Nutritional Value
Collaborating Scientists' Institutions: University of Nebraska-Lincoln (US); INRAN (Niger); Pioneer Hybrid Seed Company, SADCC/ICRISAT (Zimbabwe)
John D. Axtell
The major focus of this project is to develop high yielding sorghum varieties with acceptable food quality and good nutritional value for utilization in developing countries. A great deal of progress has been made in two areas.
1. Identify, develop and evaluate sorghum lines or mutants with improved nutritional quality and superior food grain quality using both chemical and biological methods; 2. Develop agronomically elite sorghum lines for Niger,Sudan, and Ethiopia with good adaptability, good grainquality, good drought and striga tolerance, and improved yield potential. 3. Use new tools from molecular biology, genetics and plantphysiology to study the mechanisms of drought tolerance in sorghum; 4. Investigate the potential for developing varieties of sorghum with high nutritional value and good food propertiesfor potential use as nutritional foods for young children, pregnant women and nursing mothers; 5. Train LDC personnel in plant breeding and genetics.