Sorghum improvement (1980–2010): Status and way forward

Reddy, B V S and Ashok Kumar, A and Sharma, H C and Srinivasa Rao, P and Blummel, M and Ravinder Reddy, Ch and Sharma, R and Deshpande, S P and Mazumdar, S D and Dinakaran, E (2012) Sorghum improvement (1980–2010): Status and way forward. Journal of SAT Agricultural Research, 10. pp. 1-14. ISSN 0973-3094

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Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) is the fifth most important cereal crop globally and is the dietary staple of more than 500 million people in over 90 countries, primarily in the developing world (Reddy et al. 2010). With its C4 photosynthetic pathway, it is adapted to a wide range of environmental conditions. It has multiple uses as a food, feed, fodder, fuel and fiber crop (Paterson et al. 2009). More than 35 percent of world sorghum production is going for food consumption (Awika and Rooney 2004) by the poorest of the poor in the largely low-income deficit countries. Worldwide, it is grown on about 40 million ha, of which about 9 million ha are cultivated in Asia; of this the largest area is in India (7.53 milion ha) which has a production of 7.25 million t (FAOSTAT 2011).

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Mandate crops > Sorghum
Depositing User: Mr Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2012 06:18
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2014 09:14
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