Biotech Updates

Improved Sorghum Exhibit Tolerance against Sugarcane Aphids

December 3, 2014

An aphid that used to feed on sugarcane only has also infested sorghum in the main growing regions of the U.S. Thus, sorghum growers are in need of additional options to control future pest damage. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture conducted third-party assessment of Dekalb sorghum products in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and confirmed that the products (DKS37-07 and PULSAR brand) exhibit high level of tolerance to sugarcane aphid. This was manifested by diminished discoloration, improved plant height, better health ratings compared with the control TX2783 exposed to the pest.