Current Situation and Future of Sorghum Germplasm

Mengesha, M H and Rao, K E P (1982) Current Situation and Future of Sorghum Germplasm. In: Sorghum in the Eighties: Proceedings of Symposium on Sorghum, 2-7 November 1981, ICRISAT Patancheru, Andhra Padesh, India.

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Collection and conservation of sorghum germplasm was accelerated about two decades ago because of the danger caused to the landraces by the release of new varieties and hybrids. For example, "Zera-zera" and "Hegari" landraces of sorghum once present in the Gezira province of Sudan are now completely out of cultivation (Prasada Rao and Mengesha 1980). Although landraces are still found in Africa and Asia in large areas, it is no longer safe to expect that the same situation will exist after another 10 years. Our recent experience shows that several primitive landraces once abundant in parts of Africa and Asia are now extinct. Therefore, we are now in a critical, transitional stage when there is an urgent need to collect and conserve the traditional landraces and their wild relatives at an accelerated pace.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Mandate crops > Sorghum
Depositing User: Library ICRISAT
Date Deposited: 29 Dec 2011 04:59
Last Modified: 29 Dec 2011 04:59
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