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Great Plains Sorghum Improvement and Utilization Center

Purpose

To develop a regional effect by pooling and integrating the research and extension resources for sorghum improvement, utilization, production and marketing located at Kansas State University, Texas Tech University and Texas A&M University. This would include USDA-ARS scientists located on those campuses with assigned sorghum responsibilities. These efforts are aimed at integrating efforts among the three institutions to develop a series of multi-institutional and multidisciplinary teams which will bring together new technologies and knowledge, focusing on improving profitability in each stage of sorghum production, processing and marketing. The research is aimed at:

Relevance

Kansas State University initiated the Center for Sorghum Improvement in 2001. The coordinated interdisciplinary research effort has led to the development of sorghum germplasm and parent lines with improved stalk quality, grain yield potential and drought tolerance. The United States is a major producer of grain sorghum, with 7.2 million acres harvested in 2008. Total grain production was estimated at 472 million bushels. Despite the importance of the crop for farmers in drought prone environments and the many new opportunities for sorghum utilization in the bioenergy, bioproducts and food industries, particularly gluten-free foods, relatively few public or private resources are being invested in research on genetic improvement, production, or innovative use of the various types of sorghum.

Accomplishments/Impacts

Lead Agency: Kansas State University

Partners: Texas Tech University
Texas A&M University
USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture