Texas A&M University
Collaborating Scientists' Institutions: IER/SRCVO, IRAT/ICRISAT (Mali)
George L. Teets
Project TAM-125 sought to develop integrated pest management strategies for sustainable sorghum production with concentration on plant resistance. On-site collaborative research activities take place in Mali. Research in Texas contributes to technology development, graduate student training, and short-term training. A major effort is made for development of insect resistant cultivars to sorghum midge, yellow sugarcane aphid, greenbug, and panicle feeding bugs.
Mali sorghum panicle-feeding bug research: In collaboration, with Dr. Y. 0. Doumbia, researchers are working to develop practical techniques for screening sorghums for resistance to panicle-feeding bugs; relate resistance to glume, kernel, and grain-texture characteristics; and relate panicle-feeding bug abundance and kernel damage to pathogen infection, grain deterioration and food quality. Technology development and student training research: The objectives of research conducted in Texas are to provide a mechanism for graduate student training programs, identify and evaluate sorghums resistant to insect pests, determine resistance meclanisms, investigate plant-pest ecological responses and determine economic injury levels. Individual student research program results are reported under the Student Training section of this report.