overview

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 Articles177
  • Fonseca, J., Klein, P. E., Crossa, J., Pacheco, A., Perez‐Rodriguez, P., Ramasamy, P., Klein, R., & Rooney, W. L. (2021). Assessing combining abilities, genomic data, and genotype × environment interactions to predict hybrid grain sorghum performance. The Plant Genome. 14(3), e20127.
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  • Fonseca, J., Perumal, R., Klein, P. E., Klein, R. R., & Rooney, W. L. (2021). Combining abilities and elite germplasm enhancement across U.S. public sorghum breeding programs. Crop Science. 61(6), 4098-4111.
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  • Peiris, K., Wu, X., Bean, S. R., Perez-Fajardo, M., Hayes, C., Yerka, M. K., ... Bean, B. (2021). Near Infrared Spectroscopic Evaluation of Starch Properties of Diverse Sorghum Populations. Processes. 9(11), 1942-1942.
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  • Kyanam, A. N., Hodnett, G. L., & Rooney, W. L. (2021). Analysis of effects of trifluoromethanesulfonamide in sorghum inbred lines and their derived hybrids. Crop Science. 61(5), 3507-3515.
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  • Kent, M. A., & Rooney, W. L. (2021). Registration of Tx3483 through Tx3488 sorghum germplasm with waxy endosperm. Journal of Plant Registrations. 15(3), 606-611.
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Books1
  • Fauci, A. (2002). Science for the common good.. CLOCKSS Archive.
Chapters5
  • Rooney, W. L. (2016). Sorghum: Production and Improvement Practices. Encyclopedia of Food Grains. 201-206. Elsevier.
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  • Rooney, W. L. (2014). Sorghum. Cellulosic Energy Cropping Systems. 109-129. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
  • Serna-Saldivar, S. O., & Rooney, W. L. (2014). Sustainable Bioenergy Production. Wang, L. (Eds.), Sustainable Bioenergy Production. 193-212. CRC Press.
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  • Stefaniak, T. R., & Rooney, W. L. (2013). Breeding Sorghum as a Bioenergy Crop. Bioenergy Feedstocks. 83-116. John Wiley & Sons, Inc..
  • 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. Plant Biotechnology for Sustainable Production of Energy and Co-products. 125-154. Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
Conference Papers17
  • Fix, A., Patil, B. S., Leskovar, D. I., Rooney, W. L., Smith, W., & Crosby, K. (2019). Mission Melon: Improving Qualitative Traits in Cucumis Melo Using Phenomics. HORTSCIENCE. 54(9), S189-S190.
  • Fix, A., Patil, B. S., Leskovar, D. I., Rooney, W. L., Smith, W., & Crosby, K. (2019). Mission Melon: Improving Qualitative Traits in Cucumis Melo Using Phenomics. HORTSCIENCE. 54(9), S189-S190.
  • Han, X., Thomasson, J. A., Bagnall, C., Rooney, W. L., Pugh, N. A., Horne, D. W., ... Cope, D. A. (2018). Calibrated plant height estimates with structure from motion from fixed-wing UAV images. Autonomous Air and Ground Sensing Systems for Agricultural Optimization and Phenotyping III, Autonomous Air and Ground Sensing Systems for Agricultural Optimization and Phenotyping III. 10664, 106640d.
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  • Chi, N., Crosby, K., & Rooney, W. L. (2017). Heritability Estimates and Gene Effects for Heat-tolerance Traits in Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.). HORTSCIENCE. 52(9), S410-S410.
  • Shi, Y., Murray, S. C., Rooney, W. L., Valasek, J., Olsenholler, J., Pugh, N. A., ... Thomasson, J. A. (2016). Corn and sorghum phenotyping using a fixed-wing UAV-based remote sensing system. SPIE Proceedings, SPIE Commercial + Scientific Sensing and Imaging. 9866, 98660e-98660e-8.
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patents
Patents6
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  • Rooney, W., & Kuhlman, L. (2013). Plants and seeds of Sorghum line TX3361.
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  • Rooney, W. (2013). An inbred sorghum line.
  • 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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Email
wlr@tamu.edu
First Name
William
Last Name
Rooney
mailing address
Texas A&M University; Soil & Crop Science; 2474 TAMU
College Station, TX 77845-2474
USA