Special Issue "Breeding Sorghum for Adaptation to Abiotic Stress through Use of Heterosis"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2019).
Interests: breeding crops for sustainable agricultural systems using advanced genomic and statistical tools
Sorghum is grown worldwide by a wide spectrum of farmers who produce under diverse conditions, ranging from low-input smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa to large-scale and resource intensive producers in the Americas and Australia. What all of these producers share in common is their reliance on sorghum’s ability to grow and produce under soil moisture and fertility conditions that are often too challenging for most other cereals.
Hybrid varieties, with their hybrid vigor, have shown higher environmental stability and stress tolerance than other, non-hybrid, varieties. However, to more fully realize the potential of sorghum hybrids to enhance resilience, there is need to prioritize breeding objectives and advance breeding methods, genetic-understandings and sources of genetic diversity targeting these diverse stresses.
This special issue of Agronomy will focus on recent research advances for breeding sorghum hybrids for stress prone environments. The topics to be examined will address aspects ranging from the genetics of abiotic stress tolerance, whether due to nutrient deficiency, drought or water logging, to environmental stability of hybridization mechanisms, such as fertility restoration, and yield stabilities of different variety types under varying pedoclimatic conditions. This issue will provide snap shots of the state of the art for linking heterosis and abiotic stress tolerance and inspire future breeding for adaptation to edaphic and climate induced stresses in sorghum and other crops.
Dr. Willmar L. Leiser
Dr. Henry Frederick W. Rattunde
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- abiotic stress
- yield stability
- hybrid production