Transforming Agriculture, Perennially
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Category: Sorghum

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Author: Pheonah Nabukalu, Wenqian Kong, Thomas Stan Cox, Andrew H. Paterson
Publication: Euphytica

Abstract Perennial sorghum cropping offers substantial economic and ecological benefits, conserving fuel, water, and soil. To be perennial in temperate climates, a sorghum plant must over-winter and produce new growth…

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Author: Wenqian Kong, Pheonah Nabukalu, T. Stan Cox, Valorie H. Goff, Gary J. Pierce, Cornelia Lemke, Jon S. Robertson, Rosana Compton, Haibao Tang, Andrew H. Paterson
Publication: Frontiers in Plant Science

Despite a “ploidy barrier,” interspecific crosses to wild and/or cultivated sorghum (Sorghum bicolor, 2n = 2x = 20) may have aided the spread across six continents of Sorghum halepense, also exemplifying…

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Author: WenQian Kong, Pheonah Nabukalu, T. S. Cox, Valorie H. Goff, Jon S. Robertson, Gary J. Pierce, Cornelia Lemke, Rosana Compton, Andrew H. Paterson
Publication: Theoretical and Applied Genetics

Abstract Key message: Comparing populations derived, respectively, from polyploid Sorghum halepense and its progenitors improved knowledge of plant architecture and showed that S. halepense harbors genetic novelty of potential value for…

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Author: Stan Cox, Pheonah Nabukalu, Andrew H. Paterson, Wenqian Kong, and Shakirah Nakasagga
Publication: Sustainability

Abstract: Perennial germplasm derived from crosses between Sorghum bicolor and either S. halepense or S. propinquum is being developed with the goal of preventing and reversing soil degradation in the…

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Author: Stan Cox, Pheonah Nabukalu, Andrew H. Paterson, Wenqian Kong, Susan Auckland, Lisa Rainville, Sheila Cox, Shuwen Wang.
Publication: Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2017

Abstract: A perennial version of grain sorghum [S.bicolor (L.) Moench] would create opportunities for greatly reducing tillage and preventing soil degradation. Efforts to select for perenniality and grain production among progeny of…

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Author: Sezen, U.U., J.N. Barney, D.Z. Atwater, G.A. Pederson, J.F. Pederson, J.M. Chandler, T.S. Cox, S. Cox, P. Dotray, D. Kopec and S.E. Smith, J. Schroeder, S.D. Wright, Y. Jiao, W. Kong, V. Goff, S. Auckland, L.K. Rainville, G.J. Pierce, C. Lemke, R. Compton, C. Hillips, A. Kerr, M. Mettler, A.H. Paterson
Publication: PLOS One

Abstract: Johnsongrass (Sorghum halepense) is a striking example of a post-Columbian founder event. This natural experiment within ecological time-scales provides a unique opportunity for understanding patterns of continent-wide genetic diversity…

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Author: Nabukalu, P. and S. Cox. 
Publication: Euphytica

Abstract: When developed, perennial grain sorghum could provide an opportunity for more ecologically sound food production. In 2002, we initiated a perennial sorghum breeding program, using Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench × S….

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Author: Habyarimana, E, Lorenzoni, C; Redaelli, R; Alfieri, M; Amaducci, S; Cox, S
Publication: Biomass and Bioenergy

Abstract: The purpose of this work was to assess biomass and grain yields, path modelling of yield components, and perenniality in 97 Sorghum bicolor x S. halepense (SB x SH) lines, and…

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Author: Jon K. Piper, Peter A. Kulakow
Publication: Canadian Journal of Botany, 1994, Volume 72, pp. 468-474.

The Land Institute is developing perennial grains to be grown in prairie-like mixtures. One approach involves the development of a perennial grain sorghum by crossing tetraploid Sorghum bicolor with wild…

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