Presentations: DAY 3 – WEDNESDAY, 11 APRIL 2018


DAY 1 – MONDAY, 9 APRIL 2018    |    DAY 2 – TUESDAY, 10 APRIL 2018    |    DAY 3 – WEDNESDAY, 11 APRIL 2018    |    DAY 4 – THURSDAY, 12 APRIL 2018

07:30 – 17:30 Registration
Registration Foyer
08.30 – 10:00 Plenary Presentations
Hall A & B
sponsored by OZ Sorghum
08:30 – 09:15 O565
Can sorghum meet the bread needs of 21st century consumers?
Prof. John R.N. Taylor
University of Pretoria, South Africa
09:15 – 10:00 O355
Tackling key issues for smallholder farmers: The farmer research network approach
Prof. Bettina Haussman
University of Hohenheim, Germany
10:00 – 10:30 Tea / Coffee Break
Exhibition Area / Hall D
10:30 – 12:30 Genomic Prediction and Statistics Food Uses 4 Food Security 1
  Hall A
sponsored by OZ Sorghum
Hall B
sponsored by OZ Sorghum
Hall C
sponsored by United Sorghum
Checkoff Programme
  Chairperson:  Mark Cooper Chairperson:  Mathoto Thaoge Chairperson:  Eva Weltzien
10:30 O278
Increasing the rate of genetic gain through the use of genomic selection in a low resource breeding program
Gael Pressoir
Chibas – Quisqueya University, Haiti
Bringing image analysis into the lab: imaging Ethiopian injera for quality
Glen Fox
The University of Queensland, Australia
Improving productivity of sorghum using principles of agroecological intensification in West Africa
P.V. Vara Prasad
Kansas State University, USA
10:50 O73
Genomic prediction for grain yield in sorghum
Colleen Hunt
The University of Queensland, Australia
Extrusion of sorghum – cowpea based high protein gluten free pasta: process and product characteristics
Kalep Filli
Research Institutes of Sweden, Federal University of Technology Yola, Sweden
Participatory gender analysis of sorghum production in major sorghum growing areas of Ethiopia
Yeshi Chiche
Kansas State University, USA
11:10 O151
Use of kinship matrices blending pedigree and genomic-based relatedness for prediction of parental line breeding values in sorghum
Julio G. Velazco
Wageningen University and Research, Netherlands
Comparison of waxy and non-waxy sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) with high protein digestibility traits and teff (Eragrostis tef) in Ethiopian injera making performance
Kebede Abegaz
Hawassa University, Ethiopia
Securing food and nutrition security of households in western Kenya through agro-ecological intensification with suitable sorghum-legume production system
Beatrice Were
Rongo University, Kenya
11:30 O379
Building a genomic selection breeding system for salinity tolerant biomass sorghum
Hiroyoshi Iwata
The University of Tokyo, Japan
Relationship between waxy (high amylopectin) and high protein digestibility (HD) traits in sorghum and dough-based (injera and biscuit) product quality
Abadi Gebre Mezgebe
University of Pretoria; Hawassa University, Ethiopia
Integrated approach for enhancing productivity and nutrition for smallholder sorghum producers
Tesfaye Tesso
Kansas State University, USA
11:50 O189
Advanced methods of statistical analysis for multi-environment trial data enhanced genetic gain in the Ethiopian sorghum research breeding program
Yohannes Fekadu
EIAR, Ethiopia
Grain and flour quality of Ethiopian sorghum in respect of their Injera making potential
Senayit Yetneberk
EIAR, Ethiopia
Bio fortified sorghum technical development and optimization
Ping Che, Jim Gaffney
Dow DuPont Pioneer, USA
12:10 O132
Evaluation of grain yield stability and adaptation of sorghum hybrids in the semi arid areas of Kenya based on AMMI and GGE models
Patrick Sheunda
ICRISAT-Nairobi, Kenya
Effects of roasting time of sorghum grains on the phenolic concentration, antioxidant activity and browning index of their flours
Olalekan Adebowale
University of Pretoria, South Africa
Constraints and opportunities for sorghum upscaling in Zimbabwe
Conrad Murendo and Kizito Mazvimavi
ICRISAT, Zimbabwe
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Break & Poster Session
Exhibition Area / Hall D
Technical Tour Departures
Departure from Century City Conference City Main Entrance
14:00 Special Regional Interest Session: Sorghum in sub-Saharan Africa Special Session:  International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), special session on improvement of post-rainy sorghum Exhibitor Session
  Hall A
sponsored by OZ Sorghum
Hall B
sponsored by OZ Sorghum
Hall C
  Chairperson: Gyebi Duodu Chairpersons:  Vincent Vadez and Andy Borrell Chairperson: Wiana Louw
14:00 Feedback on the DST pre-conference sorghum workshop
Mathoto Thaoge
Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa
Introduction and overview of the session and ACIAR project
Vincent Vadez
IRD, France
Opportunities for extrusion in feeding Africa
LJ Grobler
CFAM Technologies, South Africa
14:10 O573
An overview of the stay-green trait in sorghum: Physiological and molecular aspects
Andrew Borrell
The University of Queensland, Australia
World’s fastest NIR analysis of sorghum and sorghum products
Malcolm Holman
AE Solutions, South Africa
14:20 O205
Supporting smallholder farmers to participate in commercial sorghum production and marketing through the “aggregator model”
Nehemiah Mugutha
Africa Harvest Biotechnology Foundation International, Kenya
14:40 O550
Sorghum – on the road to Super-Graindom
Fru Nche
Tiger Brands, South Africa
Outputs from the physiological studies on sorghum stress adaptation, specific to conditions in India
Vincent Vadez
IRD, France
Monitoring natural toxins and pesticide residue in the supply chain: Technologies and tools that assist in complying to current regulations
Willem Joubert
Microsep, South Africa
15:00 O516
Potential application of extrusion for the processing of sorghum foods in South Africa
LJ Grobler
CFAM Technologies, South Africa
Modelling of the GxExM interactions to help maximize productivity and quality to inform breeding
Jana Kholova
Benefits and importance of NIR technology in grain quality analysis
Michael Vinther Moller
Foss Analytics, Denmark
15:20 – 16:00 Tea Break
Exhibition Area / Hall D
16:00 O20
Healthy SMA2RT snacks from climate-smart sorghum
Riette de Kock
University of Pretoria, South Africa
Quality aspects of the stay-green technology: QTL influence on quality traits
Michael Blummel


16:20 O291
Visualising big data: Sorghum in social media
Victoria Jideani
Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa
Ex-ante assessment and refinement of the ex-ante study showing the importance of clearly defining the breeding product
Jana Kholova
16:40 Panel Discussion O578
Progress with BCNAM population breeding
David Jordan
The University of Queensland, Australia
17:00   Integrating markers into breeding pipelines
Jean-Francois Rami
CIRAD, France
17:20 Introgression work/breeding, multi-environment testing /comparison, markers usage during introgression
Santosh Deshpande / R Madhusudhana
17:40 Multi-location evaluation of stay-green introgressions
Harvinder Singh Talwar
18:00 The Malian experience using MARS/BCNAM for breeding improved sorghum cultivars
Niaba Teme / Jean-Francois Rami
CIRAD, France
18:20 Closing Remarks
Vincent Vadez IRD/ICRISAT, France, Eric Hunter ACIAR, Vilas Tonapi, ICAR-IIMR, India
18:30 – 20:00 Conference Mixer
Tigers Milk – The Square, Century City


*Kindly note that this programme is subject to change