Bringing the Benefits of Sorghum Genomics to Africa

  • Segenet KelemuEmail author
  • Brhane Gebrekidan
  • Jagger Harvey
Part of the Plant Genetics and Genomics: Crops and Models book series (PGG, volume 11)


Sorghum was the first indigenous African crop to have a completed genome sequence. This provides an invaluable tool for understanding sorghum traits genetically and identifying useful molecular markers. The challenge is to extract relevant information to improve the diverse complex traits of sorghum including drought tolerance, disease and pest resistance, and overall yield. The promise of sorghum to improve food security and help lift millions of Africans out of poverty provides a moral imperative for investing in its improvement. Therefore, we must critically and objectively assess all available resources and coordinate our efforts for the benefit of Africans.


Sorghum Genomics Africa National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) Crop improvement Biotic stress Abiotic stress Molecular breeding Capacity building 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Segenet Kelemu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Brhane Gebrekidan
    • 2
  • Jagger Harvey
    • 1
  1. 1.Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute Hub (BecA-ILRI Hub)NairobiKenya
  2. 2.Agriculture Working GroupEthiopian Academy of SciencesAddis AbabaEthiopia

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