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Improving drought tolerance in sorghum for Africa

Product Delivery Coordinator: Jean-François Rami

Executive summary

The Sorghum Research Initiative (RI) comprises two elements:

  1. The first element – Improving sorghum productivity in semi-arid environments of Mali through integrated MARS – aims to demonstrate the value of MARS for sorghum breeding through a private–public partnership involving the local Mali national programme – L’Institut d’économie rurale (IER), Agropolis–CIRAD and Syngenta.
  2. The second element – Enhancing sorghum grain yield and quality for the Sudano-Sahelian zone of West Africa using the backcross nested association mapping (BCNAM) approach – aims to develop modified BCNAM populations to improve sorghum varieties by incorporating new well-characterised traits such as drought adaptation into local germplasm. It involves a collaboration between IER, ICRISAT–Mali and Agropolis–CIRAD.

Current projects in this RI are:

G4008.48: Improve sorghum productivity in semi-arid environments of Mali through integrated MARS
    Lead institute and Principal Investigator:
Agropolis-CIRAD, Jean-François Rami
    Project partners:
L’Institut d’économie rurale, Mali and Syngenta
G7010.05.01: Enhancing sorghum grain yield and quality for the Sudano-Sahelian zone of West Africa using the backcross nested association mapping (BCNAM) approach
    Co-Lead institutes and Co-Principal Investigators:
L’Institut d’économie rurale, Mali, Niaba Témé
Agropolis–CIRAD, Michel Vaksmann
ICRISAT, Eva Weltzien
    Collaborator:
University of Georgia, USA