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Successful studies in the development of drought-tolerant sorghum

Published: 16 January 2023

Researchers from SLU, together with Addis Ababa University and the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, have initially identified new sources of germplasm that can be used to breed drought-tolerant sorghum.

The team have been planting different accessions from the Ethiopian sorghum landrace in three drought-prone sites in Ethiopia and found that the Ethiopian sorghum landrace accessions hold important phenotypic variation for all drought-tolerance related traits, thereby easing the identification of novel drought tolerant sorghum varieties in the Ethiopian sorghum gene pool which have not been previously evaluated for drought tolerance. 


Rodomiro Octavio Ortiz Rios
Professor at the Department of Plant Breeding