Genetic resources in sorghum

Harlan, J.R. (1972) Genetic resources in sorghum. In: Sorghum in seventies. Oxford & IBH Publising Co., pp. 1-13.

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Sorghum is one of the four major food grains of the world. In supplying nutrition to the human race, it follows wheat and rice and rivals maize. Many millions of people in Africa and Asia depend on sorghum as the staff of life. In addition, the fodder and Stover is fed to millions of animals providing milk and meat for the nourishment of man. Minor uses include molasses (syrup), brooms, construction and basketry material, fuel and alcoholic beverages. It thrives with less rainfall than is needed for rice and maize and can be grown where no other major areal can be grown. Altogether, sorghum is one of several really indispensable crops required for the survival of man. In considering the importance of sorghum germ plasm, we are dealing with matters of life and death, survival and extinction, and future generations would have the right to be unforgiving if we do not manage our resources wisely....

Item Type: Book Section
Author Affiliation: University of Illinois
Subjects: Crop Improvement
Divisions: Sorghum
Depositing User: Mr. SanatKumar Behera
Date Deposited: 20 May 2012 06:41
Last Modified: 20 May 2012 06:41

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