Researcher reveals Sorghum mutants breed crop innovation for food security

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Sorghum crop will help breeders more quickly find genetic traits of interest

A crop of half a million genetically diverse sorghum plants growing at The University of Queensland’s Gatton campus will help future-proof cereal production in a changing climate.

UQ’s Professor Robert Henry said the crop would reinvent the way producers use mutagenesis, a conventional plant breeding technique that mimicked nature.

“This crop will help breeders more quickly find genetic traits of interest as essentially it is a ‘here’s what we prepared earlier’ library of traits,” Professor Henry said.

“What this project is doing is generating and propagating half a million Australian-grown genetically diverse sorghum lines in advance and using high-throughput DNA screening tools to create a searchable library of genetic traits.”

The collaborative research effort is led by Denmark’s Carlsberg Research Laboratory, through the Semper Ardens ‘Crops for the future – Tackling the challenges of changing climates’ projec

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