Screening Techniques for Sorghum Diseases. Information: Bulletin No. 76

Thakur, R P and Reddy, B V S and Mathur, K (2007) Screening Techniques for Sorghum Diseases. Information: Bulletin No. 76. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh, India. ISBN 978-92-9066-504-5

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I am pleased to write a foreword for this important Information Bulletin on Screening Techniques for Sorghum Diseases edited by RP Thakur, Belum VS Reddy and Kusum Mathur. This contains several chapters contributed by experts from ICRISAT, Patancheru, Indian Sorghum Programs and Texas A&M University, USA. Sorghum crops are attacked by more than 50 diseases incited by fungi, bacteria, viruses and nematodes often resulting in substantial economical losses to growers. However, there are only few diseases that are more important than others in different sorghum growing regions of the world. In this bulletin, the authors have addressed globally important diseases and compiled the information on screening techniques so critical for identification of resistance and its utilization in breeding for developing disease resistant cultivars. It is well established that the most effective and economical method of controlling sorghum diseases is by growing resistant cultivars. Accordingly, developing disease resistant sorghum hybrids and varieties has been the major research focus at ICRISAT and in other programs in the world. It is in this context that a simple and reliable screening technique is required to easily discern resistant and susceptible lines. It is good to note that the authors have provided the background information on importance of the disease, pathogen, symptoms and epidemiology before describing the screening technique and resistance sources that have been identified and utilized in breeding at ICRISAT, in Indian Programs and elsewhere. The authors have done a commendable job of compiling information pertaining to important diseases of sorghum in a simple and comprehensive manner. I am sure the bulletin will serve as a useful practical guide to sorghum researchers, teachers and students, and especially those who have interest in managing sorghum diseases through host plant resistance. I am pleased to note that small quantity seed of disease resistant lines reported in this bulletin can be made available to the requestor following the standard protocol of exchange of germplasm and breeding lines of ICRISAT.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: Mandate crops > Sorghum
Depositing User: Mr Sanat Kumar Behera
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2011 13:07
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2011 13:07
Acknowledgement: The editors would like to thank and appreciate the time and efforts of RS Rathore, former Head, Dept. of Plant Pathology, Rajasthan College of Agriculture, Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India; R Bandyopadhayay, Plant Pathologist, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, Nigeria; Suresh Pande, Principal Scientist (Legumes Pathology), ICRISAT Patancheru and RA Frederiksen for their critical and positive review of the entire manuscript. The editors would like to express their appreciation to Clint Magill and Louis K Prom for reviewing chapters on Grain Mold, Anthracnose, Leaf Blight, Downy Mildew, Rust, Ergot and Smuts; to YD Narayana on Downy Mildew and Charcoal/Stalk Rot; to TG Nageswara Rao (Principal Scientist, Plant pathology) and G Shyam Prasad (Senior Scientist, Agril. Entomology), NRCS Hyderabad on Charcoal/Stalk Rot; to IK Das on Grain Mold; and to RDVJ Prasada Rao (Principal Scientist, Virology) National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad on Virus Diseases. The editors would also like to thank the authors of various chapters for their efforts in preparing and submitting the manuscript in a timely manner and responding to the queries promptly. Technical and secretarial help of SM Ahmed (ICRISAT, Patancheru) is duly acknowledged.
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