Enhancing the Utilization of Grain sorghum and through the Improvement of Grain Quality via Genetic and Nutritional Research
Kansas State University, Texas A&M University
Collaborating Scientists' Institutions: INRAN (Niger); IER/Sotuba Research Station (Mali); Universidad de Costa Rica (Costa Rica); Institute for Agricultural Research (Nigeria); INERA (Burkina Faso); USDA-ARS (US)
Mitchell Tuinstra and Joe Hancock (KSU), William Rooney and Clint Magill, Texas A&M University
This project sought to enhance the utilization of grain sorghum and pearl millet through the improvement of grain yield and quality via genetic and nutrition research. Plant breeding efforts focus on selection of new varieties having improved nutritional value. These efforts are aided by development of techniques to rapidly quantify food and feed quality characteristics.Large-seeded, early-maturing, sorghum varieties currently are being evaluated for adaptation to conditions in West Africa.
1. Study the inheritance of seed size and feed quality components in sorghum. 2. Determine the metabolizable energy content of sorghum hybrids differing in seed size versus corn in poultry rations. 3. Identify, clone, and map genes for grain mold resistance, anthracnose resistance, and improved nutritional characteristics.