Scientific Programme


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

08:00 – 16:30 Registration
Registration Foyer
08:30 – 10:00
Symposium 3
Bringing Ancient Grains to the World’s Dinner Tables
Hosted by AACC International and ICC
Physiology and Crop Modelling Biotic Stress 1 Economics 1
  Hall A
Sponsored by OZ Sorghum
Hall B
Sponsored by OZ Sorghum
Hall C
Sponsored by United Sorghum
Checkoff Programme
Meeting Room 11
  Chairpersons:  Robert Cracknell, AACCI and Michaela Pichler, ICC Chairperson:  Delphine Luquet
Chairperson: Maryke Labusachagne Chairperson: Kizito Mazvimavi
08:30 Welcome and setting the scene
John R.N. Taylor
University of Pretoria, South Africa
Designing sorghum crops for adaptation to the drought and heat risks anticipated in future climates
Graeme Hammer
The University of Queensland, Australia
The need to go beyond the pathogen in development of effective disease control strategies for sorghum
Neal McLaren
University of the Free State, South Africa
Sorghum current role in food security
Hester Vermeulen
University of Pretoria, South Africa
08:35 O464
AACC International – a professional society for grain scientists for over 100 years
Robert Cracknell
AACC International, USA
08:45 O448
Slow digestion property of African traditional millet and sorghum foods
Bruce Hamaker
Purdue University, USA
09:00 O179
Sorghum modelling in West Africa: data needs and recent applications to set priorities for guiding agronomic and genetic interventions
Myriam Adam, Madina Diancoumba
CIRAD, Burkina Faso
Broad spectrum and complete fungal resistance in sorghum conferred by an intracellular immune receptor
Tesfaye Mengiste
Purdue University, USA
Urban consumer’s valuation of cereal food quality attributes? evidences from Niger
Tebila Nakelse
Kansas State University, USA
09:05 Health-promoting attributes of african pulses
Gyebi Duodu
University of Pretoria, South Africa
09:20 O107
Identifying sorghum plant types adapted to moisture stress areas of ethiopia- a systems modelling approach
Alemu Tirfessa
The University of Queensland, Australia
Identification of sorghum grain mold resistance loci through genome wide association mapping
Habte Nida
Purdue University, USA
Yield response function and profitability analysis of sorghum and maize in West Africa
Pacem Kotchofa
Kansas State University, USA
09:25 O137
Improving glycemic control with foxtail millet foods and how to get them in the marketplace
Qun Shen
China Agricultural University, China 
09:40 O226
Simulation of post rainy sorghum yield response to various levels of nitrogen application in India
Swarna Ronanki
ICAR- Indian Institute of Millets Research, India
Identification and characterization of host-resistance genes and mechanisms to sorghum anthracnose disease
Demeke Bayable
Purdue University, USA
Analysis of sorghum value chain in Kano State, Nigeria
Odunlade Adefemi
University of Ilorin, Nigeria
09:45 O450
The power of whole grains – new possibilities for ancient grains?
Kati Katina
University of Helsinki, Finland
10:00 – 10:30 Tea Break
Exhibition Area / Hall D
10:30 – 12:30 Symposium 3
Bringing Ancient Grains to the World’s Dinner Tables
Breeding Methods and Agronomy Biotic Stress 2 Economics 2
  Hall A
Sponsored by OZ Sorghum
Hall B
Sponsored by OZ Sorghum
Hall C
Sponsored by United Sorghum
Checkoff Programme
Meeting Room 11
  Chairpersons: Robert Cracknell, AACCI and Michaela Pichler, ICC Chairperson:  William Rooney Chairperson:  Neal McLaren Chairperson:  Medson Chisi
10.30 O552
Empowering smallholder farmers and rural communities by linking agriculture, nutrition and entrepreneurship around sorghum and millet value chains in the Semi-arid Tropics
Saikat Datta Mazumdar
What is more important: effect of climate change or effect of improved practices on sorghum yield under current climate in semi-arid regions of West Africa?
Myriam Adam
CIRAD, France
Genetic studies of sugarcane aphid resistance in sorghum and significance of host plant resistance in aphid management
Yinghua Huang
Determinants of sorghum producing households’ expenditure and implications for food security in Western Kenya and Uganda
Philip Nyangweso
Rongo University,  Kenya
10:50 O549
Challenges in producing marketable products from lupin and how they were overcome
Stuart Johnson
Curtin University, Australia
Predicting optimum crop designs (GxM) using seasonal climate forecasts
Daniel Rodriguez
The University of Queensland, Australia
Genome wide association analysis of Striga hermonthica resistance in a sorghum MAGIC population
Megan Fenton
Purdue University, USA
The adoption of improved and hybrid sorghum seed and farm family livelihoods in Mali
Amidou Assima
Michigan State University, Mali
11:10 Overview of the situation in Southern Africa on ancient grains from a breeding perspective
Maryke Labuschagne
University of the Free State, South Africa
Integrated translational genomics and molecular breeding: key to accelerating genetic gain in sorghum
Gloria Burow
Sorghum grain induced disruption of gut amylases in lesser grain weevil Sitophilus oryzae (L)
VA Tonapi
ICAR – Indian Institute of Millets Research, India
Haiti – Challenges of sustainable sourcing
Luc Hilhorst, Richard Phillips
Smallholder Alliance for Sorghum in Haiti, Haiti
11.30 O234
Modern ready-to-eat products from pseudocereals
Regine Schoenlechner
BOKU University, Austria
High resolution mass spectrometry based method (MALDI imaging) for in situ visualization of the dhurrin biosynthesis and turnover during sorghum germination process
Lucia Montini
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Enhancing resilience in the face of biotic and abiotic challenges
Gebisa Ejeta
Purdue University, USA
Post-harvest loss analysis and recommended reduction solutions along the sorghum value chains in Burkina Faso and community of practice on food loss reduction for global knowledge sharing
Francesca Gianfelici, Mireille Totobesola-Barbier
United Nations, Italy
11:50 O461
A food industry perspective: Challenges and opportunities of using a new perennial grain
Laura Hansen
AACC International and General Foods, USA
Sorghum Conversion and Introgression Programs: Two strategies for exploiting unadapted germplasm for crop improvement
William Rooney
Texas A&M University, USA
Influence of cowpea and soybean intercropping pattern in sorghum on striga (striga hermonthica) infestation and system productivity at mechara, Eastern Ethiopia
JJ Sharma, Taye Tessema
Wollega University, Ethiopia
Increasing the productivity of sorghum farmers in Sudan Savannah of Nigerian: Effect of access to improved technology and market
Hakeem Ayinde Ajeigbe
ICRISAT, Nigeria
12:10 O59
Sharpening sorghum’s competitiveness as a high quality brewing grain
John R.N. Taylor
University of Pretoria, South Africa
Genome-Wide Association Study on resistance to multiple diseases in Sorghum
Mayada Beshir
Sorghum performance under high-temperature stress and stalk rot disease pressure
Ramasamy Perumal
Kansas State University, USA
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break & Poster Session
Exhibition Area / Hall D
13:30 – 15:30 Symposium 3
Bringing Ancient Grains to the World’s Dinner Tables
Abiotic Stress 4 Bio-Products Research Systems Extension
  Hall A
Sponsored by OZ Sorghum
Hall B
Sponsored by OZ Sorghum
Hall C
Sponsored by United Sorghum
Checkoff Programme
Meeting Room 11
  Chairpersons: Robert Cracknell, AACCI and Michaela Pichler, ICC Chairperson:  Ros Gleadow Chairperson:  Stuart Johnson Chairperson: Niaba Teme
13:30 O370
The ancient wheats emmer and einkorn and their utilization in modern food products
Hamit Koksel
ICC and Hacettepe University, Turkey
From genes to yield: A cross institution and discipline initiative to improve sorghum productivity and quality in current and future climates
Vincent Vadez
IRD, France
Kafirin bioplastics – progress over the last 10 years
Janet Taylor
University of Pretoria, South Africa 
Enhancing Sorghum Research and Development System in Africa through Collaboration: The Case of Ethiopia
Firew Mekbib
Haramaya University, Ethiopia
13:50 O468
Non-traditional grains in precooked pasta using extrusion-physico-chemical properties and resistant starch
Sajid Alavi
Kansas State University, USA
Genetic variations for key adaptive physiological traits associated with drought tolerance in post-rainy sorghum
Harvinder Talwar
Indian Institute of Millets Research, India
Plant growth-promoting potentials of sweet sorghum bagasse compost
Subramaniam Gopalakrishnan
Development and promotion of multiple stress tolerant sorghum varieties through farmers research networks in western Kenya
Samuel Gudu
Rongo University, Kenya
GWAS in a sorghum NAM population, a diversity panel and an elite breeding population identifies common genomic regions associated with nodal root angle
Emma Mace
The University of Queensland, Australia
On the development road to a new large-scale sweet sorghum industry in the USA
Gillian Eggleston
Participatory selection: sharing knowledge between scientists and farmers to develop novel sorghum varieties adapted to the diversity of growers’ constraints, needs and to improve their dissemination in Burkina Faso
Clarisse Pulcherie Kondombo Barro
INERA, Burkina Faso
14:20 0356
ICC and the way how to increase whole grain and ancient grain intake
Michaela Pichler
ICC, Austria
14:30 O193
Research for impact at ICRISAT; Deciphering the physiological processes influencing sorghum production quantity and quality and tech-advances enabling in-situ screening for crop nutritional qualities
Jana Kholova
Advanced imaging methods to optimize extraction of natural red colorant from dye sorghum
Sophia Alami
CIRAD France
Participatory Evaluation of Sorghum/Legume intercrop arrangements and spacing as influenced by socio-economic factors in the Semi-Arid region of Eastern, Kenya
Clement Kamau
Rongo University, Kenya
14:40 Panel Discussion
John R.N. Taylor and Joseph Awika
14:50 Summing up and conclusions
Joseph Awika
Texas A&M University, USA
Genotypic variation in whole-plant transpiration efficiency in sorghum aligns with variation in stomatal conductance
Erik van Oosterom
The University of Queendsland, Australia 
Pre-isolation treatment of red sorghum grain using hydrogen peroxide and its influence on isolated sorghum starch colour and functionality
Nana Baah Pepra-Ameyaw
Michigan State University, USA 
Farmers contribution in improved sorghum development and diffusion in West Africa: case of hybrids in Mali
Baloua Nebie
15:10   O63
Combined linkage map analysis and GWAS on F2 recombinants reveals candidate genes involved in shoot fly resistance and stay-green mechanism in sorghum chromosome SBI-10L
KNS Usha Kiranmayee
Development of stable biopolymer blends of sorghum kafirin protein and pregelatinised starch and their functional properties and potential applications
Naushad Emmambux
University of Pretoria, South Africa
Use of farm level demonstration plots and food test fairs to drive sorghum production and utilization in Zimbabwe
Kizito Mazvimavi
ICRISAT, Zimbawe
15:30 – 16:00 Tea Break
Exhibition Area / Hall D
16:00 – 17:00 Closing Keynote, Awards and Conference Closing
16:00 – 16:40 Advancing science, technology, and innovation in sorghum, millets, and other traditional crops through transdisciplinary research approaches to transform African Agriculture
Prof. Gebisa Ejeta
Purdue University, USA
16:40 – 17:00 Closing address

*Kindly note that this programme is subject to change