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


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INTSORMIL Publication 07-01


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


The 2007 INTSORMIL Six Year Report presents the progress and notable achievements by the Sorghum/Millet CRSP during the period of July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2007. These results are an outcome of partnerships between scientists at seven U.S. Land Grant Universities (Kansas State University, Mississippi State University, Ohio State University, University of Nebraska, 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 nineteen countries in Central America, West Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa.

Introduction and Program Overview

Project Reports

Sustainable Plant Protection Systems

Agroecology and Biotechnology of Stalk Rot Pathogens of Sorghum and Millet — John F Leslie (KSU 210)

Low Input Ecologically Defined Management Strategies for Insect Pests on Sorghum — Henry N Pitre (MSU 205)

Striga Biotechnology Development and Technology Transfer — Gebisa Ejeta (PRF 213)

Sustainable Management of Insect Pests — Bonnie B Pendleton (WTU 200)

Sustainable Production Systems

Economic and Sustainability Evaluation of New Technologies in Sorghum and Millet Production in INTSORMIL Priority Countries — John H Sanders (PRF 205)

Cropping Systems to Optimize Yield, Water and Nutrient Use Efficiency of Pearl Millet and Grain Sorghum — Stephen C Mason (UNL 213)

Soil and Water Management for Improving Sorghum Production in Eastern Africa — Charles Wortmann and Martha Mamo (UNL 219)

Germplasm Enhancement and Conservation

Breeding Pearl Millet for Improved Stability, Performance, and Pest Resistance — Jeffrey P Wilson (ARS 206)

Breeding Grain Mold Resistance in High Digestibility Sorghum Varieties — Dirk Hays (TAM 230)

Development and Enhancement of Sorghum Germplasm with Sustained Tolerance to Biotic and Abiotic Stress — Gebisa Ejeta (PRF 207)

Enhancing the Utilization of Grain Sorghum and Pearl Millet through the Improvement of Grain Quality via Genetic and Nutritional Research — Mitch Tuinstra, Joe Hancock, William Rooney and Clint Magill (KSU 220A, KSU 220B, TAM 220C, TAM 220D)

Germplasm Enhancement for Resistance to Insects and Improved Efficiency for Sustainable Agriculture Systems — Gary C Peterson (TAM 223)

Crop Utilization and Marketing

An Evaluation of New Market Development and Marketing Strategies on Sorghum and Millet Farmers' Income in Tanzania and Zambia — Donald Larson and J Mark Erbaugh (OSU 200)

Chemical and Physical Aspects of Food and Nutritional Quality of Sorghum and Millet — Bruce R Hamaker (PRF 212)

Food and Nutritional Quality of Sorghum and Millet — Lloyd L Rooney (TAM 226)

Entrepreneurship and Product Development in East Africa: A Strategy to Promote Increased Use of Sorghum and Millet — David S Jackson (UNL 220)

Host Country Program Enhancement

Central America — Stephen C Mason

Hom of Africa — Gebisa Ejeta

Southern Africa — Gary C Peterson

West Africa — Bruce R Hamaker

Educational Activities

Educational Activities


INTSORMIL Sponsored and Co-Sponsored Workshops 1979-2007