news & research-highlights

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.

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.

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.

Phosphorus Efficiency in Sorghum Hybrids Shows Potential for Increasing Production in Nutrient-Difficient Soils

Hydroponically grown sorghum hybrids in low and high phosphorus environments were assessed for the efficiency of their phosphorus absorption in an effort to determine which lines could best be grown under low-phosphorus conditions.

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.

Evidence Found Supporting Stay-Green Alleles Involvement in Drought Adaptation in Sorghum

Researchers studied 590 West African sorghum lines under different types of drought stress conditions and identified drought-tolerant loci.

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

ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting, Nov. 6-9, 2022

The American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America are hosting their international meeting from November 6th to November 9th in-person in Baltimore, Maryland and with limited virtual access.