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Jan 11, 2023 | biology, earth and environment

About this episode

Future food security is one of the key global challenges facing society. Climate change presents significant threats to our ability to produce staple food crops – particularly in regions already vulnerable to droughts. Dr Kahiu Ngugi and his research team from the University of Nairobi and other institutions in Kenya investigated numerous varieties of sorghum – one of the world’s most important cereal crops. Their aim was to find new genes that would allow the crop to withstand both drought and a common parasitic weed.

Original Article Reference

This SciPod is a summary of the papers ‘Novel sources of drought tolerance from landraces and wild sorghum relatives’, in Crop Science, doi.org/10.1002/csc2.20300, and ‘Genotypic Variation in Cultivated and Wild Sorghum Genotypes in Response to Striga hermonthica Infestation’, in Frontiers in Plant Science, doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2021.671984.

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