Botany, Taxonomy and Breeding

Ashok Kumar, A (2016) Botany, Taxonomy and Breeding. In: The Sorghum Genome. Springer International Publishing, pp. 27-45. ISBN 978-3-319-47789-3

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Sorghum is one of the most important cereal crops grown in the semi-arid tropics (SAT) of Asia, Africa, and the Americas for its food, feed, fodder, and fuel value. Sorghum production is constrained by several biotic and abiotic stresses. Genetic enhancement of sorghum for grain and stover yield, nutritional quality, and plant defense traits (abiotic and biotic) that stabilize the crop performance requires thorough knowledge of crop botany, diversity, and genetics so as to deploy appropriate crop-breeding strategies. Sorghum is one of the well-understood species in terms of botany, floral biology, and genetic diversity. Both cultivated and wild forms are available in sorghum, which are well distributed in Africa, its center of origin, and in the rest of the world. This chapter describes the botany, floral biology, and classification of sorghum and their implications to the breeding methods to be used. Also this chapter presents how the understanding of botany and taxonomy can be effectively used for improving sorghum yield and nutritional quality traits.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions: Research Program : Asia
Subjects: Others > Plant Genetics
Others > Plant Breeding
Mandate crops > Sorghum
Others > Plant Growth
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2017 08:55
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2018 07:00
Acknowledgement: Sorghum, Yield and quality, Botany, Floral biology, Taxonomy, Racial distribution, Breeding, Sorghum Improvement
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