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Analysis of Sweet Sorghum’s Maintenance of Ion Homeostasis Under Salt Stress

Sweet sorghum effectively manages ion toxicity and maintains key nutrient balances under high salt stress through specific genes and transcription factors, stabilizing the plants during severe salt stress.

WRKY Transcription Factors SbWRKY22 and SbWRKY65 Regulate the Expression of Aluminum Resistance Genes in Sorghum

This pair of Al-stress-induced WRKY TFs are mainly expressed in the roots of sweet sorghum, where they regulate Al tolerance genes involved in citric acid secretion, callose degradation and cell wall modification.

Save the Date SICNA 2024

The Sorghum Improvement Conference of North America (SICNA) is being held on April 2-4, 2024 in Oklahoma City, OK.

A Dense Genetic Linkage Map and QTL Analysis for Bioenergy-Related Traits in Sweet Sorghum

Harnessing the potential of sweet sorghum as a biofuel crop, advanced genetic mapping with ddRAD-seq reveals ten significant bioenergy-related QTLs, offering a pathway for more effective bioenergy production.

2023 CSHL Genome Informatics Conference, Dec. 6-9, Abstracts Due Sept. 22

The Genome Informatics Conference will take place at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory from December 6 – 9, 2023. Virtual participation is available to those not giving poster or oral presentations. The Keynote Speakers will be Sean Eddy, from HHMI and

The Power of Single-Cell and Single-Nuclei Based Pan-Transcriptomes for Crop Research

Single-cell transcriptomics study identifies conserved marker genes and explores neofunctionalization of homeologs.

International Year of Millets 3rd Webinar “Climate resilience of millets,” Sept. 5

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is hosting an “IYM Global Webinar Series” focusing on the environmental, social and economic benefits of millets, as well as their rich heritage, during the International Year of Millets (IYM2023).

Sequenced Sorghum Mutant Library Investigated for Protein and Amino Acid Content Variation

Researchers from Texas Tech University and USDA-ARS screened seeds from 206 EMS-based sorghum mutants for protein and amino acid content, offering genetic resources for enhancing sorghum grain quality in breeding programs.

Weed Science Society of America Weed Survey Open Until Sept 4

The Weed Science Society of America is conducting their “2023 Survey of the Most Common and Troublesome Weeds in Grass Crops, Pasture and Turf in the U.S. and Canada.”