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Research Project: Genetic Improvement of Wheat and Barley for Environmental Resilience, Disease Resistance, and End-use Quality

Location: Wheat Health, Genetics, and Quality Research

Title: Unraveling the sorghum domestication

item Li, Xianran
item YU, JIANMING - Iowa State University

Submitted to: Molecular Plant
Publication Type: Literature Review
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/15/2022
Publication Date: 3/15/2022
Citation: Li, X., Yu, J. 2022. Unraveling the sorghum domestication. Molecular Plant. 15:1-2.

Interpretive Summary: Population genomics offer an unprecedented power to gain insights of crop domestication. This literature review summarized findings from recently sorghum population genomics studies. In comparison of other cereal domestication, unique surprising phenomena have been unveiled underlying the complicated sorghum domestication.

Technical Abstract: Sorghum, the fifth major cereal crop, has a complex domestication history. It can be classified into five subspecies/races, or four end-use groups. The naturally occurred wild-domesticated hybridization and gene flows added new layers into the complexity. Recently studies from analyzing the genome-wide SNPs not only unveiled the surprising pattens of genomic footprints from this complex evolution, but also raised new interesting questions need further investigations.