Sorghum is one of the world’s major cereals, cultivated in the semi-arid tropics for a growing range of uses. Like other crops it faces the need to meet rising demand whilst reducing its environmental impact and adapting to the challenges of climate change. This volume summarises the wealth of research addressing these challenges. Part 1 explores the genetic diversity and genomics of sorghum. This provides the foundation for Part 2 which reviews advances in conventional and marker-assisted breeding and their use to develop high-yielding and stress-resistant varieties. The final part of the book discusses ways of improving cultivation to make the most of new varieties, from nutrient and water management to better control of diseases, insects and weeds. With its distinguished editor and international team of expert authors, this will be a standard work for cereal scientists, sorghum breeders and growers as well as government and non-government agencies supporting sorghum cultivation. It is accompanied by a companion volume which reviews the range of uses of sorghum and cultivation in different regions.

part |2 pages

Part 1 Sorghum the crop species

chapter 2|16 pages

The comparative and evolutionary genomics of sorghum

ByElizabeth A. Cooper, Stephen Kresovich, Clemson University, USA

chapter 3|28 pages

Ensuring the genetic diversity of sorghum Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), India

ByHari D. Upadhyaya, Mani Vetriventhan, International Crops Research

part |2 pages

Part 2 Sorghum improvement techniques

chapter 4|12 pages

The principles and processes of sorghum breeding

ByCleve D. Franks, DuPont Pioneer, USA

chapter 6|34 pages

Harnessing genetic and genomic resources to transform the production and productivity of sorghum

ByTesfaye T. Tesso, Dereje D. Gobena, Dechassa O. Duressa, Kraig Roozeboom and Krishna Jagadish, Kansas State University, USA; Ramasamy Perumal, Agricultural Research Center – Hays, USA; and Desalegn D. Serba and Dilooshi Weerasooriya, Kansas State University, USA

chapter 7|38 pages

Sorghum breeding for biotic stress tolerance Texas A&M University, USA; Gary C. Peterson, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and University, USA

ByRamasamy Perumal, Agricultural Research Center – Hays, USA; Clint W. Magill, Extension Center, USA; Louis K. Prom, USDA-ARS, USA; and Elfadil M. Bashir, Tesfaye T. Tesso, Desalegn D. Serba and Christopher R. Little, Kansas State

chapter 10|10 pages

Advanced testing, multiplication and release of new sorghum varieties

ByRoger L. Monk, formerly DuPont Pioneer, USA

part |2 pages

Part 3 Sorghum production techniques

chapter 11|18 pages

Crop management practices for grain sorghum: an overview Kansas State University, USA

ByM. Djanaguiraman, P. V. V. Prasad, I. A. Ciampitti

chapter 12|28 pages

Improving soil and crop nutrition management in sorghum cultivation

ByDavid Mengel, Kansas State University, USA

chapter 15|50 pages

Sorghum diseases and their management in cultivation: seedling, seed, panicle and foliar diseases Agricultural Research Center – Hays, USA

ByC. R. Little, A. Y. Bandara, Kansas State University, USA, R. Perumal

chapter 16|38 pages

Sorghum diseases and their management in cultivation: stalk, root and other diseases

ByC. R. Little, A. Y. Bandara and T. C. Todd, Kansas State University, USA; and R. Perumal, Agricultural Research Center – Hays, USA