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Sorghum – BCNAM Project

Enhancing sorghum grain yield and quality for the Sudano-Sahelian zone of West Africa using the backcross nested association mapping (BCNAM) approach (G7010.05.01)

This element aims to develop modified BCNAM populations to improve sorghum varieties by incorporating new well-characterised traits such as drought adaptation into local germplasm. Led by Mali's Institut d'économie rurale (IER), the project brings together collaborators from ICRISAT–Mali and Agropolis–CIRAD.

BCNAM is a new concept aiming to accumulate – in a single adapted background – useful genomic regions identified in a range of diverse varieties potentially contributing new useful traits, beneficial to the sorghum grown in Mali.

For more details on the project, see the sorghum section in our Annual Reports | Project Updates | Project Briefs | Poster Abstracts | Blogs