The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a second major investment into sorghum research. Drought tolerance and nitrogen usage and their microbiological interactions with sorghum plants will be the focus of the two projects funded.
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Thirteen institutions have teamed up for the two projects. The University of California, Berkeley, will lead the $12.3 million effort on drought tolerance, and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, will lead the $13.5 million effort on nitrogen usage.
“The DOE has shown incredible vision in their commitment to sorghum,” said Sorghum Checkoff CEO Tim Lust. “Sorghum producers need innovative and longer-term investments in their crop, and DOE has been a great partner in this.”
This announcement marks the second time in the past six months the DOE has committed to investing significantly in sorghum, bringing the agency’s total commitment to the crop during this time to $55.8 million.