International Sorghum and Millet Collaborative Research Support Program (INTSORMIL CRSP)


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INTSORMIL Publication 09-01


INTSORMIL, 113 Biochemistry Hall, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska 68583-0748


The 2009 INTSORMIL Annual Report presents the progress and notable achievements by the Sorghum, Millet and Other Grains CRSP during the period of September 30, 2008 through September 29, 2009. These results are an outcome of partnerships between scientists at six U.S. Land Grant Universities (Kansas State University, University of Nebraska, The Ohio State University, Purdue University, Texas A&M University and West Texas A&M University), scientists of the Agricultural Research Service of the U. S. Department of Agriculture at Tifton, Georgia and the National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) and National Universities in sixteen countries in Central America, West Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa.

Project Reports

Sustainable Plant Protection Systems

Grain Molds, Mycotoxins and Stalk Rots of Sorghum and Millet — John Leslie (KSU 101)

Ecologically-Based Management of Sorghum and Pearl Millet Insect Pests in Africa and the United States — Bonnie Pendleton (WTU 101)

Sustainable Production Systems

Integrated Soil, Water, Nutrient and Crop Management Strategies for Improving Productivity in Sorghum and Millet Based

Cropping Systems — PY Yara Prasad & Scott Staggenborg (KSU 104) :

Crop, Soil and Water Management to Optimize Grain Yield and Quality for Value-Added Markets in Eastern and Southern Africa — Charles Wortmann (UNL 101)

Germplasm Enhancement and Conservation

Breeding Pearl Millet with Improved Performance, Stability and Resistance to Pests — Jeffrey Wilson (ARS 101)

Breeding Sorghum for Improved Resistance to Striga and Drought in Africa — Gebisa Ejeta (PRF 101)

Developing Sorghum with Improved Grain Quality, Agronomic Performance, and Resistance to Biotic and Abiotic Stresses — Mitch Tuinstra (PRF 104)

Breeding Sorghum for Improved Grain, Forage Quality and Yield for Central America — William Rooney (TAM 101)

Breeding Sorghum for Improved Resistance to Biotic and Abiotic Stresses and Enhanced End-Use Characteristics for Southern Africa — Gary Peterson (TAM 102)

Crop Utilization and Marketing

Enhancing the Utilization and Marketability of Sorghum and Pearl Millet through Improvement in Grain Quality, Processing,

Procedures, and Technology Transfer to the Poultry Industry — Joe Hancock (KSU 102)

Market Development in Support of Sorghum and Miller Farmers in Tanzania and Zambia — Donald Larson and 1 Mark Erbaugh (OSU 101)

Product and Market Development for Sorghum and Pearl Millet in West Africa — Bruce Hamaker (PRF 102)

Development of the Input and Product Markets in West Africa for Sorghum and Millet — John Sanders (PRF 103)

Product and Market Development for Sorghum and Pearl Millet in Southern African and Central America — Lloyd Rooney (TAM 103)

Building a Sustainable Infrastructure for Product Development and Food Entrepreneur/Industry Technical Support: A Strategy to Promote Increased Use of Sorghum and Millet in East Africa — David Jackson (UNL 1 02)

Host Country Program Enhancement

Central America — William Rooney

Hom of Africa — Gebisa Ejeta

Southern Africa — Gary Peterson

West Africa — Bruce Hamaker and Bonnie Pendleton

Educational Activities

INTSORMIL Sponsored and Co-Sponsored Workshops 2006-2009