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Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet

Sorghum and Millet Innovation Lab

Kansas State University
148 Waters Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506

785-532-6309
smil@k-state.edu

Technology Catalog

By strategically focusing its efforts on research for development, the Sorghum and Millet Innovation Lab aims to develop innovative technologies specifically targeted at key issues and pinch points along the sorghum and millet value chains. 

Technologies made available for scaling through Sorghum and Millet Innovation Lab investment include:


PEARL MILLET SEEDBALLS

Seed balls
CROP:Pearl millet
TARGET COUNTRY:West Africa

IN-COUNTRY CONTACT:

Ali Aminou
Fuma Gaskiya Farmer Association
Maradi, Niger
fumagaskiya@gmail.com

Hannatou Moussa Oumarou
INRAN- Cerra
Maradi, Niger
hannemoussa@yahoo.com

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR:

Dr. Ludger Herrmann
University of Hohenheim
Ludger.Herrmann@uni-hohenheim.de

DESCRIPTION:


Seed balls are a sowing technique for semi-arid areas, especially aimed at the improvement of plant establishment with dry sowing. Seed balls represent a mixture of soil material, seeds and additives (e.g. nutrients, pesticides). They aim at small-grain cereal cropping system with wide spacing (seed pockets).

RESOURCES:


Pearl Millet Seed Ball FACT SHEET (PDF - 3 MB)

 

 

 

 

 
PARASITOID WASPS FOR MILLET HEAD MINER CONTROL

IPM Millet head miner

CROP:Pearl millet
TARGET COUNTRY:West Africa

IN-COUNTRY CONTACT:


Dr. Malick Ba
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
Niamey, Niger
B.Malick@cgiar.org

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR:

Dr. Malick Ba
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
Niamey, Niger
Tel.: +(227) 20722725, 20722626
B.Malick@cgiar.org

DESCRIPTION:

Parasitoid wasps (Habrobracon hebetor) are reared in jute bags with 200g of millet grains + 100 g of millet flour + 25 larvae of rice moth (Corcyra cephalonica) + two mated H. Hebetor females. Offspring will emerge from bags at 8 through 21 days and disperse to millet fields to control millet head miner insects. A set of 15 bags yield an inoculate population of circa 1000 parasitoids and successive generations will disperse. This provides coverage of up to 3 km2 with a potential yield gain of up to 34% compared to unprotected fields of millet.

RESOURCES:


IPM Millet Head Miner Control FACT SHEET (PDF - 3 MB)


 

 

 


SORGHUM- AND MILLET-BASED FOOD PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Food product development

CROP:Sorghum, Pearl millet
TARGET COUNTRY:West Africa

IN-COUNTRY CONTACTS:

Cheikh Ndiaye
ITA
Dakar, Senegal
chndiaye@ita.sn

Moustapha Moussa
INRAN
Niamey, Niger
moustimou@yahoo.fr

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR:

Bruce Hamaker
Purdue University
hamakerb@purdue.edu

DESCRIPTION:

Collaborative efforts have served as the driver for a new wave of business and nutritional opportunities. Initially launched to help build greater demand for locally-produced grains and provide more reliable income for West African smallholder farmers, the initiative concentrates on the creation of entrepreneurial opportunities and networks for local women to produce traditional food products that are packaged, easy-to-prepare and ready for purchase by local consumers.

RESOURCES:


Food Product Development FACT SHEET (PDF - 3 MB)

 

 


WHITE SORGHUM HYBRID

White sorghum hybrid

CROP:Sorghum
TARGET COUNTRY:Ethiopia

IN-COUNTRY CONTACT:


Dr. Taye Tadesse
Melkassa Agricultural Research Center
Adama, Ethiopia
tayabo@gmail.com

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR:

Dr. Gebisa Ejeta
Purdue University
gejeta@purdue.edu

DESCRIPTION:

White sorghum hybrid ESH 5 registered and released with 5.76 t/ha yield performance for use in lowland growing areas of Ethiopia.

RESOURCES:

 

 

 


FUNGAL DISEASE RESISTANCE

White sorghum hybrid

CROP:Sorghum
TARGET COUNTRY:Ethiopia

IN-COUNTRY CONTACT:


Dr. Getachew Ayana
Melkassa Agricultural Research Center
Adama, Ethiopia
getachew_ayana@yahoo.com

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR:

Dr. Tesfaye Mengiste
Purdue University
mengiste@purdue.edu

DESCRIPTION:

Anthracnose is a widespread disease caused by a fungus that can have devastating effects on sorghum production. Researchers have successfully identified two key genes that carry anthracnose resistance in sorghum. These genes show the promise of integrating widespread anthracnose resistance into existing sorghum varieties in Ethiopia.

RESOURCES:

 Disease Resistance in Sorghum FACT SHEET (PDF - 3 MB)

 


SORGHUM FUNCTIONALITY IN FOOD APPLICATIONS

Sorghum functionality in injera

CROP:Sorghum
TARGET COUNTRY:Ethiopia

IN-COUNTRY CONTACT:


Dr. Kebede Abegaz
Hawassa University
Hawassa, Ethiopia
abegaz2005@yahoo.co.uk

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR:

Dr. Joseph Awika
Texas A&M University
awika@tamu.edu

DESCRIPTION:

In an effort to improve the functionality of sorghum and expand the opportunities for its use in commercial grain-based food products, plant breeders and food scientists have teamed up to test new varieties bred specifically for their high digestibility characteristics. Improved highly-digestible (IHD) sorghum lines have been developed at Texas A&M University and have displayed improved performance in food processing over traditional varieties.

RESOURCES:


 Sorghum Functionality in Ethiopia FACT SHEET (PDF - 3 MB)

 


SUGARCANE APHID RESISTANT SORGHUM GERMPLASM

Sugarcane aphid resistance

CROP:Sorghum
TARGET COUNTRY:Global

IN-COUNTRY CONTACT:

Mark Stelter
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Lubbock
Lubbock, Texas
mstelter@ag.tamu.edu

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR:

Dr. Bonnie Pendleton
West Texas A&M University
bpendleton@wtamu.edu

DESCRIPTION:

Registration of RTx3410 through RTx3428 sorghum germplasm resistant to sugarcane aphid.

RESOURCES:

Sugarcane Aphid Resistance in Sorghum FACT SHEET (PDF - 1 MB)