Sorghum Breeding

The sorghum research programme has assembled and catalogued diverse local and international accessions. An initial set of germplasm of sorghum cultivars acquired from Purdue University, USA that includes 96 Multi-parent Advanced Generation Inter-Cross (MAGIC) lines and over 200 hybrids.  Additional germplasm has been obtained from local and international collections, and further collections of Uganda landraces is underway.  This germplasm is being tested in Uganda for agronomic performance and adaptability. These 96 MAGIC lines, fully genotyped with over 96K SNPs identified, is being exploited for multiple traits of interest, including tolerance to drought stress.  Some lines and hybrids are of interest to some private companies with whom there are discussions on possible release and commercialization.