Identification and Release of Brown Midrib ( bmr ) Sorghum Varieties to Producers in Central America and Haiti
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
INTA (Costa Rica); CENTA; (El Salvador) INTA ( Nicaragua); DICTA (Honduras); ICTA (Guatemala); IDIAP (Panama); Chibas ? Bioenergy (Haiti)
Rene Clara Valencia, W.L. Rooney, E. A. Heinrichs
Scientists from the INTSORMIL-CENTA project based at the National Center for Agricultural Technology and Forestry (CENTA) of El Salvador have worked for five years to develop varieties of sorghum for grain and forage that are highly nutritious to cattle. Using the gene bmr-12, they combined commercial varieties and produced 75 new varieties. Plants with the bmr gene have low fiber cell wall lignin which makes the plant more readily digestible. The bmr varieties are poised to have a significant impact on increasing rural income and promoting food security throughout Central America and Haiti.