Drought resiliency of sorghum focus of global trials

Climate-resilient sorghum project has made progress on mission to use genomic tools to create even hardier varieties of sorghum.

When University of Georgia plant geneticist Andrew Paterson started to look for lines of sorghum that might survive in some of the most parched places in the world, he didn’t plant trials in the desert. He started out by researching which plants could survive a winter in Georgia.

“We don’t see a lot of correlation between surviving cold and surviving drought,” Paterson said.

However, when sorghum that could withstand a Georgia winter was planted half a world away, the result

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