The CRP-GLDC organized a write shop to bring together key experts in basic and applied research on host-Striga interactions to explore ideas and approaches to deliver towards Striga resistant sorghum, pearl millet and finger millet varieties to farmers.

Objectives:

  1. Take a stock of ongoing activities within respective groups and to come up with a common strategy to understand fundamental/basic science and its application towards delivery of varieties.
  2. Deliberate on where are we in terms of readiness to translate the lab results to practical solutions for pearl millet and sorghum.
  3. Look at the repository of candidate genes known so far and opportunities for multiple stacking of resistance genes in farmer-preferred varieties.

Besides GLDC partners, biologists and subject matter specialists from UC Davis, USA, Univ. of Amsterdam, NAIST, Japan, Kenyatta university, BecA-ILRI hub participated in these deliberations. The group reviewed the current status of research being carried out in different labs, cross-learning across different hosts-parasite studies, potential solutions and contributions for Striga resistance in sorghum and pearl millet, based on potential for success, implementation efficiency, and current expertise.  Key questions were formulated to encourage brainstorming across inter-disciplinary teams to have a holistic view of the “problem”.

What around “Striga resistance” would breeders like to see in their crop of interest?

  1. Want resistance and not tolerance.
  2. Do not want to see Striga attaching to their crop.
  3. Multiple types of resistances need to be incorporated (Low germination, Low penetration, Low Striga development).
  4. Scalable and transferable technology to be transferred to every elite variety.

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