Chromatin is focused on sorghum because of its remarkable natural diversity, adaptation, low input requirements, and ability to be further customized through breeding and molecular tools to meet a wide variety of needs.

Sorghum has been optimized to provide a natural assortment of products and uses: Grain sorghum, with its high starch content, is used as an energy source for animal feed or biofuels. In many parts of the world, it is a staple food crop and is commercially used in brewing and a range of gluten-free products. Forage sorghums, primarily used for animal feed, are also well suited for the production of biomaterials, biochemicals, or energy. Sweet sorghum, with its high sugar content, can, like sugarcane, be converted to ethanol, and its bagasse directed toward energy production. Within each of these major classes of sorghum, further subdivision can be made, based on their adapatation, rates of growth, compositions, and yields.

By focusing on sorghum, Chromatin is developing an unmatched expertise in the crop and its applications.