Chromatin, Inc., an agriculture technology company, announced the
development of five forage sorghum products designed to produce highly
At the 2014 Commodity Classic convention and tradeshow, which opens
today in San Antonio, Texas, Chromatin is showcasing its grain and
forage sorghum product portfolio, including five new forage sorghum
products now available for commercial testing. These new products
express the BMR (brown midrib) trait, which is highly valued by dairy
and beef producers for its enhanced digestibility, palatability and
nutritional value. With sorghum's natural drought tolerance, these new
products provide high-yield options for hay, silage and grazing
applications, even in regions with limited water resources.
"Chromatin's forage sorghum breeding program, which was launched in
2009, has surpassed our expectations," said Ken Davenport, Chromatin's
Chief Technology Officer. "Led by Kerry Mayfield and Larry Lambright,
and augmented by germplasm sourced from several university and
commercial parties, this program has developed exciting new hybrids with
advantageous phenotypes. In additio to the BMR trait, which reduces
lignin content, we have incorporated brachytic (short internode),
fertility, and standability phenotypes that are highly desired in the
Chromatin's product pipeline also includes high-yielding grain sorghum
hybrids designed with maturities to serve a wide-range of geographies,
as well as hybrids designed as renewable energy feedstocks.
"Our investment in R&D is paying off," said Chromatin's CEO, Daphne
Preuss. "Our team has developed an accelerated approach that has taken
years off the normal pipeline process. Further, through our combined
efforts in grain, forage and sweet sorghum breeding, we are often
finding innovations can be broadly leveraged for multiple purposes,
spanning traditional agriculture and renewable energy applications,"
"Chromatin currently sells a strong lineup of forage sorghums," Jeff
Widder, Chromatin's Executive Vice President noted. "With these new
products, our breeding pipeline has realized the first generation of
step changes in sorghum yields and value. The new hybrids launched this
year allow us to expand our geographic range and provide growers more
options than ever before."
Chromatin, Inc. develops sorghum for both traditional agriculture
markets and for uses in new applications. It provides high quality
sorghum seeds to growers and producers who are attracted to the crop's
rapid maturation, tolerance to heat, cold and drought and high yields.
Chromatin has optimized its product portfolio to create sorghum
feedstocks that serve as ideal renewable resources for emerging
bio-based industries such as liquid transportation fuels, chemicals,
materials and biopower. Today, Chromatin's products are sold in the U.S.
and in more than 20 countries, where its sorghum seed is planted on over
4 million acres. For additional information, please visit www.chromatininc.com.
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