Evaluation of Agronomic Performance of β-Carotene Elevated Sorghum in Confined Field Conditions
To help alleviate vitamin A deficiency in Africa, we have developed nutritionally enhanced sorghum with stabilized high all-trans-β-carotene accumulation. Toward the finalization of this nutritionally enhanced sorghum for food production, confined field trials were conducted to determine the agronomic performance of thirteen independent transgenic events in Iowa and Hawaii. Through these trials, three leading events with no negative impact on agronomic performance were identified. The studies described in this chapter have laid the groundwork for development of the next generation of β-carotene elevated sorghum as a food product.
Key wordsSorghum Agronomic performance Field trial β-carotene elevated β-carotene stability Transgenic Nutritionally enhanced sorghum
This research was supported by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges in Global Health Grant ID-37877 and by The Howard G. Buffett Foundation funding of the Africa Biofortified Sorghum Project. DowDuPont™ provided funding and in-kind donations. This work was done in close collaboration with Dr. Florence Wambugu and her staff at Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.
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