The long-range goal of my sorghum improvement program is to enhance the productivity and profitability of grain, forage and bioenergy sorghum production systems. The sorghum breeding program is used as a mechanism to develop and release sorghum germplasm to meet this goal. In addition to the release of improved sorghum genotypes, research in the program emphasizes the genetic and molecular genetic inheritance of disease resistance, grain quality and agronomic productivity and adaptability. The research provides opportunities for graduate student training in fundamental and applied aspects of plant improvement. Specific research interests include the development of sorghum germplasm for bioenergy (both sweet and biomass), grain and forage Instruct SCSC 642 annually each fall semester.

education and training
selected publications
Academic Articles166
  • Rooney, W. L. (2015). Sorghum: Production and Improvement Practices. Encyclopedia of Food Grains: Second Edition. (pp. 201-206). Elsevier.
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  • Serna-Saldivar, S. O., & Rooney, W. L. (2014). Production and supply logistics of sweet sorghum as an energy feedstock. Sustainable Bioenergy Production. (pp. 193-212). CRC Press.
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  • Rooney, W. L. (2014). Sorghum. Cellulosic Energy Cropping Systems. (pp. 109-129). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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  • Stefaniak, T. R., & Rooney, W. L. (2013). Breeding Sorghum as a Bioenergy Crop. Bioenergy Feedstocks: Breeding and Genetics. (pp. 83-116). John Wiley %26 Sons, Inc..
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  • Bransby, D. I., Allen, D. J., Gutterson, N., Ikonen, G., Richard, E., Rooney, W., & van Santen, E. (2010). Engineering advantages, challenges and status of grass energy crops. Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry. (pp. 125-154). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
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Conference Papers15
  • Rooney, W. L. (2013). Inbred sorghum line 'R07007'.
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  • Rooney, W., Hodnett, G., Kuhlman, L., Stelly, D., & Price, H. (2013). Intergeneric hybrid plants and methods for production thereof.
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chaired theses and dissertations
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Texas A&M University; Soil & Crop Science; 2474 TAMU
College Station, TX 77845-2474