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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Re-Instatement of the Sorghum Conversion Program

Location: Crop Germplasm Research

Project Number: 6202-21000-034-01
Project Type: Trust

Start Date: Nov 01, 2009
End Date: Oct 31, 2014

Objective:
The objective of this research is to evaluate, characterize, and utilize accessions from the world collection with an overall goal of releasing new germplasm resulting in a marked increase in hybrid grain yields. The specific objectives include the development and utilization of genotyping methodology developed by the ARS incumbent for marker-assisted selection of photoperiodism; the genetic fingerprinting of tropical accessions and photoperiod-converted materials to obtain a catalog of the regions of the tropical genomes that are critical for agronomic performance; map and identify markers linked to additional trait loci including dwarfism genes for use in marker-assisted selection; and investigate value-added traits that emerge during the conversion of tropical sorghums to temperate adaptation.

Approach:
Utilize molecular markers linked to photoperiod (ma) genes to selected backcross progeny during the introgression of photoperiod-insensitive alleles into tropical germplasm. Utilize Diversity Array Technology (DarT) markers arrays to fingerprint tropical accessions while fingerprinting backcross-derived lines to catalog genomic blocks that are inherited from the tropical accession or the temperate donor parent. Utilize mapping populations developed by the ARS incumbent or MMR Genetics to map additional trait loci including dwarfism genes, and utilize molecular markers linked to these traits to expedite their introgression during the conversion of tropical accessions to photoperiod-insensitive, dwarf-germplasm suitable for growers in temperate climates.

Last Modified: 7/25/2014
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