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Composition of Starch Polymers in Waxy, Sweet, and Hybrid Sorghum

Kang et. al., study the relationship between fine structure and the physicochemical properties of starch in sweet and waxy inbreds and hybrid sorghum

ANTHRACNOSE RESISTANCE GENE 2 Imparts Fungal Resistance Without Negatively Affecting Plant Growth

Using genetic mapping and sequence comparisons, Mewa et al. identified a single ANTHRACNOSE RESISTANCE GENE 2 (ARG2) in SC328C, which encodes a nucleotide-binding leucine-rich repeat (NLR) protein that produces resistance to certain Cs strains.

Programming for Biology, CSHL Oct. 16-31, Applications Due July 15

Simon Prochnik, from Circularis Biotech Inc., and Sofia Robb, from the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, will be teaching the “Programming for Biology” course from October 16-31 at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Major traits in Sorghum Bicolor Linked to SNP Markers showing Potential for Future Use in Genomically Selective Breeding

The Ethopian sorghum crop is extremely genetically diverse and exhibits a large phenotypic variation. The fact that the germplasm is also widely adapted to both biotic and abiotic stresses makes it a valuable resource for enhancing desirable traits.

National Agricultural Producers Data Cooperative Inaugural Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska, May 10-12, 2023

The National Agricultural Producers Data Cooperative Inaugural Conference is taking place at the Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln, Nebraska from May 10-12, 2023.

High Throughput, Low Cost Colorimetric Assay for Assessing Hydrogen Cyanide Potential in Sorghum

Nakasagga et al. developed a colorimetric assay that is fast and inexpensive and can both measure the HCN-P and allow comparison with existing visual assays.

Collaborative Sorghum Investment Program Seeks Proposals in Systems Data and Modeling, and Trait Discovery, Submissions Due June 16

The Collaborative Sorghum Investment Program (CSIP) is requesting proposals for two projects they will be funding.

Phenotypic and Genetic Diversity in Sweet Sorghum Presents Opportunities for Strengthening Valued Traits Through Cross-Breeding

Researchers investigated 75 lines of sweet sorghum for phenotypic and genetic variability and found significant differences, which present opportunities for heterotic cross-breeding.

PAG Australia, Sept 20-22, Perth, Poster Abstracts due Aug. 25

The International Plant and Animal Genome Conference will be held in Perth, Australia from September 20-22, 2023.