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Improving sorghum cultivation in South America

Code: 9781838795504
Rafael Augusto da Costa Parrella, Robert Eugene Schaffert, Cicero Bezerra de Menezes, José Avelino Santos Rodrigues, Jurandir Vieira Magalhães, Cynthia Maria Borges Damasceno, Dagma Dionísia da Silva and Simone Martins Mendes, Embrapa Milho e Sorgo, Brazil

Chapter synopsis: Sorghum production in Brazil has expanded significantly in recent years, with a current planted area of close to one and a half million hectares. Sorghum provides an excellent source of grain to feed cattle, poultry and swine, as well as forage for cattle, especially in situations of drought and conditions of low soil fertility. It can also be used in bioenergy production. In this chapter we review the history of sorghum production in Brazil, and then consider the improvements necessary to ensure that sorghum production can continue to meet demand. Particular emphasis is given to the need to develop adapted sorghum cultivars which will grow well in tropical soils and produce crops suited to their particular uses.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2017.0015.26
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 History of sorghum in Brazil 3 Improvement of grain and forage sorghum 4 Improvement of sorghum for bioenergy 5 Sorghum tolerance for aluminium and low levels of phosphorus 6 Genetic and molecular approaches to studying biomass production and sorghum quality 7 Improving disease resistance 8 Sorghum pests 9 Conclusion 10 Where to look for further information 11 References

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