Beat the heat: Adapting sorghum crops for global climate futures (2019–2022)
Declining crop yields from climate change related heat stress threaten farming viability and food security. This project aims to identify key genes associated with heat stress tolerance by unlocking available genetic variation in sorghum. Drawing on crop physiology, genetics, molecular biology and integrated systems modelling, the project will develop important insights into the basis of thermostability. A physiological-genetic framework with predictive capability will be developed to identify new genomic combinations having superior thermostability. More heat tolerant sorghum cultivars will deliver enhanced resilience in cropping and deliver more stable profitability and reduced food security risk for millions of farmers..