Gene Identified as Key to Sorghum’s Survival in Toxic Soils

Perry, A. (2008) Gene Identified as Key to Sorghum’s Survival in Toxic Soils. Agricultural Research, 56 (10). p. 19.

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Though many of the world’s acidic soils have aluminum levels that are toxic to food plants, subsistence farmers often depend on these soils to survive. ARS plant physiologist Leon Kochian has been a part of a multinational effort to find a gene in sorghum—a key food crop in Africa—to protect it against aluminum toxicity in acidic soils. “A lot of this work is targeted for developing countries,” Kochian says. “We’re conducting basic research with a global mission.” Kochian leads the ARS Robert W. Holley Center for Agriculture and Health, in Ithaca, New York. For this sorghum research, he collaborated with his former Ph.D. student, Jurandir V. Magalhaes. Magalhaes is a scientist with EMBRAPA Maize and Sorghum, a branch of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA), Brazil’s federal .........................

Item Type: Article
Author Affiliation: ARS(USA)
Subjects: Soil Science and Microbiology > Soil Sciences
Crop Improvement
Divisions: Sorghum
Depositing User: Mr. SanatKumar Behera
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2012 08:58
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2012 08:59
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