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AG2PI Crop Modeling Tool Workshop, June 23

The Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative (AG2PI) is hosting a virtual workshop entitled “Crop Modeling as a Tool for Understanding the Genotype X Environment Interaction” on June 23rd from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Central Time.

The Potential of Genome Editing for Sustainable African Agriculture Symposium, June 30 – July 1, Abstracts Due June 10

The potential of genome editing for sustainable African agriculture symposium, part of the Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie (VIB) conference series is being held from June 30 to July 1 in Ghent, Belgium.

Report Released by Sorghum and Millet Crop Germplasm Committee

A report written by Melanie Harrison, USDA sorghum and millet curator, sums up the status and needs of the collection. According to the report, sorghum, with a total of 47,458 accessions, is the largest crop collection at the Griffin, Georgia

Recent Research

Investigation into Sorghum Domestication Based on End Uses

Researchers genetically assessed 445 diverse sorghum lines and confirmed significant phenotypic differences based on end uses and evidence of frequent exchanges of genetic information between wild and cultivated lines and among subpopulations. SbTB1, associated with lateral branching, and its association with Sb1, the gene for seed shattering, were investigated to further the understanding of sorghum’s domestication.

Integrative investigation shows promise for narrowing candidate genes in forage sorghum yield and other complex traits

RNA-Seq and GWAS were used to analyze sorghum forage yield traits across four environments and two locations. This integrative approach to analyzing omics data shows potential in the identification of candidate genes for complex traits.

Sorghum GC1 Encodes an Atypical Gγ-like Subunit that Controls Glume Coverage

Naturally truncated variations of GC1 (Glume Coverage 1) were found to result in low glume coverage relative to wild sorghum varieties, presenting a possible target for gene editing.

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