Scientists Release New Sorghum for Feed and Fuel

Suszkiw, J. (2007) Scientists Release New Sorghum for Feed and Fuel. Agricultural Research, 58 (8). p. 7.

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Though less recognizable than corn, sorghum is no stranger to the grocery store shelf, as evidenced by the flour, syrup, gluten-free bread, and other sorghum-containing products there. On the farm, sorghum's stalks, leaves, and multicolored grains are fed to cattle; in processing plants, they can be converted into ethanol. Now, sorghum's future could burn brighter on both of those fronts with the release of Atlas bmr-12, a low-lignin variety. Lignin is a cellular "glue" of sorts that imparts rigidity and strength to plant tissues. It also plays direct and indirect roles in helping plants fend off insects and pathogens. But breeding sorghum with reduced lignin can have beneficial effects, too, say plant pathologist Deanna L. Funnell, geneticist Jeffery F. Pedersen, and agronomist John J. Toy at ARS's Grain, Forage, and Bioenergy Research Unit in Lincoln, Nebraska. ...........

Item Type: Article
Author Affiliation: ARS(USA)
Subjects: Postharvest Management > Food Technology
Crop Improvement
Divisions: Sorghum
Depositing User: Mr. SanatKumar Behera
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2012 09:30
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2012 09:30
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