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.

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Academic Articles175
  • Fauci, A. (2002). Science for the common good.. CLOCKSS Archive.
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  • Rooney, W. L. (2016). Sorghum: Production and Improvement Practices. Encyclopedia of Food Grains. (pp. 201-206). Elsevier.
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  • Rooney, W. L. (2014). Sorghum. Cellulosic Energy Cropping Systems. (pp. 109-129). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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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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  • Stefaniak, T. R., & Rooney, W. L. (2013). Breeding Sorghum as a Bioenergy Crop. Bioenergy Feedstocks. (pp. 83-116). John Wiley & 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. Plant Biotechnology for Sustainable Production of Energy and Co-products. (pp. 125-154). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
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Conference Papers16
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  • 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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  • Rooney, W., & Kuhlman, L. (2013). Plants and seeds of Sorghum line TX3361.
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  • Mullet, J., Rooney, W., Klein, P., Morishige, D., Murphy, R., & Brady, J. (2012). Discovery and utilization of sorghum genes (Ma5/Ma6).
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Texas A&M University; Soil & Crop Science; 2474 TAMU
College Station, TX 77845-2474