Tannins and Other Phenols: Effects on Sorghum Production and Utilization
Collaborating Scientists' Institutions: Gezina Agricultural Research Station (Sudan); ICRISAT, Andra Pradesh Agricultural University (India); National Dryland Farming Research Station, Alupe Research Station, OAU/SAFGRAD/ICRISAT (Kenya); University of Zambia (Zambia); CNPMS/EMBRAPA (Brazil); Texas A&M University , University of Georgia, Miami University, Ohio, Hope College (US)
Larry G. Butler
This project is focused on elucidating the biochemical basis for anti-nutritional effects of sorghum tannins and other phenols and sorghum proteins.
1. To elucidate the biochemical basis for the resistance to predatory birds, fungal pathogens, weathering, stored grain insects, and Striga, which are provided by sorghum tannins and/or other phenols and sorghum proteins; 2. To eliminate or diminish the antinutritional effects of sorghum tannins and other phenols while maintaining or enhancing their agronomic benefits; 3.To minimize the effect of Striga on sorghum and millet production in Africa.