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DAY 1 – MONDAY, 9 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

07:00 – 18:00 Registration
Registration Foyer
09:00 – 10:00 Welcoming Addresses and Opening Plenary
Hall A & B
  Chairperson: Dr. Kingstone Mashingaidze
09:00 Call to order and welcome
Dr Kingstone Mashingaidze
ARC, South Africa
09:10 Welcome on behalf of the conference organising committees
Prof. Timothy J. Dalton and Prof. John R.N. Taylor
09:25 Conference opening addresses
USAID Representative – Mr. John Groarke, USAID South Africa Mission Director
University of Pretoria – Prof. Stephanie Burton, Vice Principal Research and Postgraduate Education
DAFF Representative – Mr. R.M. Ramasodi, Acting Director General – South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
10:00 Conference Keynote Presentation
O563
Prediction agriculture and the global food gap in the 21st century
Prof. Mark Cooper
ZenRun42, USA
Sponsored by OZ Sorghum
11:00 – 11:30 Tea / Coffee Break
Exhibition Area / Hall D
11:30 Plenary Presentation
Hall A & B
11:30 O548
Sorghum bioactives as functional and health promoting food ingredients
Prof. Joseph Awika
Texas A&M University, USA
12:15 Session closing and pertinent conference details
Dr Kingstone Mashingaidze
ARC, South Africa
12:30 Official conference photograph
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Break & Poster Session
Exhibition Area / Hall D
12:30 Official conference photograph
14:00 – 15:30 Symposium 1
Productivity and Food Security for the Smallholder Farmer
Applied Breeding 1 Food Uses 1 Biofuel 1
  Hall A
sponsored by OZ Sorghum
Hall B
sponsored by OZ Sorghum
Hall C
sponsored by United Sorghum
Checkoff Program
Meeting Room 11
  Chairperson: Leon du Plessis Chairperson: Kingstone Mashingadze or Ramasamy Perumal Chairperson: Agnes Mwangwela Chairperson:  Scott Sattler
14:00 O554
Sorghum improvement among smallholder farmers in Africa
Medson Chisi
Zambia Seed Company, Zambia
O252
Integration of new technologies to increase the rate of genetic gain in sorghum
William Rooney
Texas A&M University, USA
O24
Nutritional and flavour properties of sweet sorghum syrups as compared to other commercial syrup sweeteners in the USA
Gillian Eggleston
USDA-ARS-SRRC, USA
O201
Advances in developing sorghum hybrids for use as a feedstock for bioenergy production in Brazil
Rafael Parrella, Robert Eugene Schaffert
Embrapa Maize and Sorghum, Brazil
14:30 Panel Discussion
Facilitator:  Johan van Rooyen
 
Representative from SA National Seed Organisation
New sorghum seed technology and systems
 
Representative from ICRISAT
Sorghum R&D in semi-arid tropics
Ashok Kumar Are
 
Representative from Development Bank of Southern Africa
Financing of farmers; lack of collateral
 
Representative from Eastern Cape Department of Agriculture
Focus on improvement of sorghum production under smallholder farmers
Wiseman Goqwana
 
 
Representative from Grain Farmer Development Association (GFADA)
Development of black commercial sorghum farmers
Ishmael Tshiame
 
Representative from South African sorghum processors
Sorghum markets and marketing opportunities
Anton Nebe
O36
Implementation of electronic data capture in EIAR sorghum breeding program
Amare Seyoume
EIAR, Ethiopia
O345
Innovative way of making millet or sorghum couscous using a single screw mini-extruder for the West African market
Moustapha Moussa, Bruce R Hamaker
Purdue University, USA
O44
Evaluation of advanced sorghum lines for bio-ethanol production related traits
Nemera Shargie
Agricultural Research Council of South Africa, South Africa
14:50 O433
New technology available for all sorghum farmers globally: Imidazolinone resistant sorghum hybrids
Vicente Trucillo
Advanta Seeds, Argentina
O322
Effect of malted sorghum based porridge supplementation on the anthropometric and biochemical changes of infants and younger children with moderate acute malnutrition
Richard Kajjura
University of KwaZulu-Natal and Makerere University, Uganda
O197
Analysing and modelling biomass accumulation in sorghum stem and its drought regulation at tissue and organ level – genotypic variability and implications for ideotype conception
Delphine Luquet
CIRAD, France
15:10 O333
Diversity breeding within the Texas A&M sorghum breeding program
David Horne
Texas A&M University, USA
O442
A nutrition-secure childhood for 6-24 months old infants and young children in South Africa: does the viscosity of sorghum and other complementary porridges limit nutrient intake?
James Makame
University of Pretoria, South Africa
0296
Establishing sorghum as a novel bioenergy crop in temperate Europe: Breeding for chilling tolerant hybrids with an enhanced energy density
Steffen Windpassinger
IFZ Research Centre for Biosystems, Land Use and Nutrition, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany
15:30 – 16:00 Tea / Coffee Break
Exhibition Area / Hall D
16:00 – 17:30 Symposium 1
Productivity and Food Security for the Smallholder and Emerging Commercial Sorghum Farmer
Applied Breeding 2 Abiotic Stress 1 Biofuel 2
  Hall A
sponsored by OZ Sorghum
Hall B
sponsored by OZ Sorghum
Hall C
sponsored by United Sorghum Checkoff Program
Meeting Room 11
  Chairperson: Leon du Plessis Chairperson: Bettina Haussmann Chairperson:  Harvinder Talwar Chairperson:  Ashok Kumar Are
16:00 Panel Discussion
Representative from SA National Seed Organisation
New sorghum seed technology and systems
 
Representative from ICRISAT
Sorghum R&D in semi-arid tropics
 
Representative from Development Bank of Southern Africa
Financing of farmers; lack of collateral
 
Representative from Eastern Cape Department of Agriculture
Focus on improvement of sorghum production under smallholder farmers
 
Representative from Grain Farmer Development Association (GFADA)
Development of black commercial sorghum farmers
 
Representative from South African sorghum processors
Sorghum markets and marketing opportunities
 
Representative from AGRA
Supporting smallholder sorghum farmers in Africa
O33
The use of integrated technologies to improve the rate of genetic gain in the national sorghum breeding program in Ethiopia
Taye Tadesse
EIAR, Ethiopia
O272
Translational genomics approaches to increase sorghum yield on acid soils
Jurandir Magalhaes
Embrapa Maize and Sorghum, Brazil
O70
Tailoring lignin biosynthesis for emerging bioenergy and bio product applications
Scott Sattler
USDA-ARS, USA
16:30 O330
Farmer-participatory improvement and selection of sorghum genetic resources to multiple-stresses in the arid and semi-arid regions of Uganda
Moses Biruma
National Semi-Arid Resources Research Institute (NASARRI)-Serere, Uganda
O109
Using nitrate accumulation and remobilisation in sorghum leaf sheaths to identify key genes as potential novel targets to improve nitrogen use efficiency
Belinda Worland
The University of Queensland, Australia
O211
Advances in developing sweet sorghum cytoplasmic male sterile a and b-lines
Nádia Nardely Lacerda Durães Parrella
Embrapa Maize and Sorghum, Brazil
16:50 O307
Improving sorghum productivity and grain quality using marker assisted recurrent selection (MARS) in Mali
Jean-Francois Rami
CIRAD, France
O155
Harnessing the power of next generation sequencing (NGS) for unravelling arbuscular mycorrhiza community structure in some Sudanese sorghum genotypes
Tilal Abdelhalim
Agricultural Research Corporation, Sudan
 
O384
Research and utilization of different cytoplasmic male sterility in sweet sorghum
Zhang Fei
Liaoning Academy of  Agricultural Sciences, China
 
17:00
17:10   O79
Development of photoperiod sensitive sorghum to mitigate climate risk in West-Africa
Niaba Témé
CIRAD, Mali
O131
Introgression of shoot fly and post flowering drought tolerance QTLs into elite post-rainy season sorghum varieties through Marker assisted Backcross Breeding (MABB)
Vijaya Kumar KV
ICRISAT, India
O76
Advancing sorghum hybrid breeding for smallholder farmers in West Africa: examinations of fertility restoration and combining ability in guinea-race germplasm
Moctar Kante
University of Hohenheim, Germany
17:30 – 18:30 Poster Session
Exhibition Area / Hall D
18:00 – 19:00 Three minute thesis competition (3MT) for graduate students
Hall A
sponsored by OZ Sorghum
18:00 – 19:00 Three minute thesis competition (3MT) for graduate students
Hall B
sponsored by OZ Sorghum
19:00 – 20:30 Welcome Reception
Exhibition Area / Hall D
Sponsored by United Sorghum Checkoff Programme

 

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