Kharif Sorghum Germplasm Collection in Karnataka and Adjoining Areas

Prasada Rao, K E and Gopal Reddy, V (1980) Kharif Sorghum Germplasm Collection in Karnataka and Adjoining Areas. Monograph. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh, India.

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The support and cooperation of the Department of Agriculture and the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad in organising the mission is gratefully acknowledged. They help and cooperation of the scientists of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad and offices of the Agricultural Department is highly appreciated


An assessment of the present world collection of sorghum maintained at ICRISAT reveals that the majority of the germplam constitute either experimental accessions which are generally photo insensitive or authentic indigenous races from tropical countries which are photosensitive. Most of the landraces assembled from tropical countries including India behave photoperiod sentitive when grown in a long day (rainy) seson at Patancheru (17 27'N latitude) indicating the lacking of early insensitive types especially from India. There are very few pockets in South India where early kharif types are cultivated among which Northern Karnataka and its adjoining areas are very important. These areas were not adequately collected in earlier missions and their valuble germplasm are facing severe threat from hybrid and improved sorghum varieties. More landraces from this region may provide valuable source material for sorghum improvement programs particularly for earliness probable resistance to drought (several areas are drought prone). They may also possess weathering resistance because of their maturity during rainy season

Item Type: Monograph (Monograph)
Series Name: Genetic Resources Progress Report No. 29
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pest Disease, Sorghum, Climatic, Conditions, Germplasm, RP3841
Subjects: Mandate crops > Sorghum
Depositing User: Mr T L Gautham
Date Deposited: 22 May 2014 11:27
Last Modified: 22 May 2014 11:27
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