Development of Agronomically Superior Germplasm Including Varieties, Hybrids and Populations Which Have Improved Nutritional Value and Good “Evident” Grain Quality for Utilization in Developing Countries
Collaborating Scientists' Institutions: Purdue/Nigeria Cereals Project, INRAN (Niger); ARC/Gezira Research Station (Suda); ICRISAT (India); SADCC/ICRISAT (Zimbabwe); Texas A&M University, Kansas State University, Mississippi State University, DeKalb-Pfizer Genetics, Cargil/PAG Seeds, Pioneer Seed Company, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Helath (US)
John D. Axtell
The major focus of this project is to develop high yielding sorghum varieties with acceptable food quality and good nutritional value for utilization in developing countries.
Identify, develop and evaluate sorghum lines or mutants with improved nutritional quality and superior food grain quality using both chemical and biological methods. Develop agronomically elite sorghum lines for Niger and Sudan with good adaptability, good grain quality, good drought and Striga tolerance, and improved yield potential. Develop improved B-lines for adaptation in Niger and Sudan. These can provide agenetic base for future hybrid production in these countries. Investigate the potential for developing varieties of sorghum with high nutritional value and good food properties for potential use as nutritional foods for young children, pregnant women and nursing mothers. Train LDC personnel in plant breeding and genetics.