Genetic Enhancement Of Rabi Sorghum: Adapting The Indian Durras by Sanjana Reddy

Genetic Enhancement Of Rabi Sorghum: Adapting The Indian Durras

bySanjana Reddy, J.v. PatilEditorSanjana Reddy

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Genetic Enhancement of Rabi Sorghum Adapting the Indian Durraspresents both the historical background and the recent research done in breeding this important world crop for more global production. Its chapters cover topics in origin and taxonomy, morphology and breeding behavior, genetics, and cytogenetics, also looking at production, nutrition, and alternate uses.

The durra race is Ethiopian in origin and its introgression with wild forms permitted adaptation to drier conditions. These have migrated and adapted to the currently known crop that is cultivated in the winter season and commonly calledrabisorghums.

Grown under receding soil moisture conditions,rabisorghums have tolerance to abiotic stresses apart from biotic stresses, unlike the rainy sorghums that are grown widely in the world. However, they must be more resilient to rapid changes in climate, for example. The variability from winter sorghums is being introgressed into rainy sorghums.

With the yield plateaus reached and sorghum gaining importance as a food crop, this book will be of importance to those studying durras and their breeding.



  • Presents both the historical background and most recent research done in breedingrabisorghum for more global production
  • Provides information on the adaptation of the crop and the ways it has migrated to the currently known crop, which is cultivated in winter season and commonly called asrabisorghum
  • Explores strategies for resilience as the crop must be prepared to withstand rapid and varying changes in climate

About The Author

Dr. Patil joined as the Director, Directorate of Sorghum Research, Hyderabad in 2010. He is also instrumental in creating Centre of Excellence (DAC, Ministry of Agriculture, GOI) which is a state of the art facility for providing advanced training in the field of value added food products. Apart from functioning as Director, he is acti...

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Title:Genetic Enhancement Of Rabi Sorghum: Adapting The Indian DurrasFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:May 26, 2015Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0128019263

ISBN - 13:9780128019269

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
1.1 Importance
1.2 Production statistics
1.3 Environmental factors limitingrabisorghum productivity
1.4 Uses
1.5 Nutritional status
1.6 Challenges for genetic enhancement
1.7 Characteristics and cultivars
2. Origin and Taxonomy
2.1 Taxonomy
2.2 Origin
3. Morphology and Breeding behaviour
3.1 Morphology
3.2 Breeding behaviour and pollination control
4. Genetic variability
5. Genetics and Cytogenetics
6. History of winter sorghum improvement in India
7. Breeding forrabisorghum improvement
7.1 Yield and adaptation breeding for grain and fodder yield
7.2 Heterosis breeding
7.3 Breeding for tolerance to abiotic stresses
7.4 Breeding for tolerance to biotic stresses
7.5 Breeding for quality traits
7.6 Participatory varietal selection
8. Industrial/ alternate uses