Tesfaye Tesso's Research
The goal of the K-State sorghum breeding program is to develop and release elite sorghum parental lines and germplasm that posses traits desired by the sorghum community in the Great Plains. The program particularly targets traits that:
- Enhance drought tolerance
- Facilitate weed control
- Improve overall productivity and utilization of sorghum as feed, food and bio-energy crop.
To achieve this, we employ the state of the art molecular tools and conventional breeding methods. We operate in partnership with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers with diverse expertise including genetics, plant pathology, entomology, physiology, grain science, cereal chemistry and bio-processing. We continue to utilize the platform created by the Center for Sorghum Improvement and the Kansas State University Targeted Excellence Program to further enhance our partnership and collaboration to better target outstanding constraints and also exploit new opportunities (new tools and new uses of the crop) to enhance the competitiveness of the sorghum industry in the region.
In addition, our program has strong desire to engage in international sorghum research activities. Our international effort will focus on development and deployment of sorghum varieties and hybrids that are tolerant to drought, low input conditions, and major biotic stresses constraining sorghum productivity in developing countries. Apart from addressing food securities in the developing world, this effort will contribute to enhancing the value of sorghum as an international commodity.