Sorghum is a high-yield, nutrient use efficient, and drought tolerant crop that can be cultivated on over 80% of the world’s agricultural land. Its geographic distribution spans temperate to tropical climates, and its rich genetic diversity allows for multiple specialized uses including the following:
Grain sorghum has a high starch content and has applications in human health and nutrition, animal health and nutrition, and bio-industrial processes such as ethanol or specialty chemical production.
Forage sorghum has highly digestible forms that are used in traditional agriculture as animal feed or as a cover crop, or energy dense forms optimized for bio-industrial processes such as energy and bio-material production.
Sweet sorghum has a high sugar content and can be used in the same facilities that process sugarcane for a number of commercial applications, including ethanol production and extraction of sugars for chemical processes.
Sorghum has a remarkable ability to grow on marginal land including land not currently used for food production. Its unique biology makes it possible to thrive where other crops fail.
Sorghum requires fewer nutrient inputs and far less water than other crops, like sugarcane or corn. As water resources become more valuable, and as growing populations require more productivity from low-quality land, sorghum is a crop that is poised to meet the growing need for both traditional agriculture and bio-industrial processes.
Chromatin has focused its resources on leveraging the natural diversity of sorghum to expand its applications to solve the pressing issues facing the energy and agricultural industries today: water and nutrient efficiency, reliable yield on marginal land, and the ever growing demand for alternative inputs.