Mississippi State University
Collaborating Scientists' Institutions: ICA; Arauca Project; FENALCE (Colombia); SADCC/ICRISAT (Zimbabwe); Kenya Agriculture Research Institute, Kakamega Regional Research Center, SAFGRAD/ICRISAT (Kenya); University of Nebraska; Kansas State University; Texas A&M University (US)
Lynn M. Gourley; Susana A. Goggi; Brian S. Baldwin
This project addresses, through breeding, three major production limiting constraints of tropical soils; low-input production on infertile soils, phytotoxic levels of Al and Mn, and low P availability. In addition to yield, every breeding project must strive to maintain disease resistance and grain quality as a goal.
1. Screen and evaluate sorghum and pearl millet, in the laboratory and field, for sources of tolerance to infertile soils, low soil phosphorus (P) content and availability, and aluminum (A1) and manganese (Mn) toxicities. 2. Enhancement of elite U.S. and LDC sorghum germplasm with sources of tolerance to infertile soils, and Al and Mn toxicities. 3. Train selected U.S. and LDC personnel.