Collaborating Scientists' Institutions: ICRISAT Sahelian Center (Niger); SADCC/ICRISAT (Zimbabwe); Kenya Agriculture Research Institute (KARI) (Kenya)
This project addresses some of the most important worldwide constraints to sorghum and millet production and to sorghum utilization. These include grain-eating birds and the parasitic weed Striga in much of Africa, grain molds and weathering in India, and grain-eating birds and weathering in the southeastern U.S.
1.To elucidate the biochemical basis for the antinutritional effects of sorghum tannins and other phenois and sorghum proteins. 2. To elucidate the biochemical baois for the resistance to predatory birds, fungal pathogens, weathering, stored grain insects, and Striga, which ar!e provided by sorghum tannins and/or other phenols and sorghum proteins. 3.To eliminate or diminish the antinutritional effects of sorghum tannins and other phenols whi!e maintaining or enhancing their agronomic benefits. 4. To minimize the effect of Striga on sorghum and millet production in Africa.