Characterization of Improved Sweet Sorghum Cultivars

  • P. Srinivasa Rao
  • C.Ganesh Kumar

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Agriculture book series (BRIEFSAGRO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. P. Srinivasa Rao, C. Ganesh Kumar, Belum V. S. Reddy
    Pages 1-15
  3. C. Ganesh Kumar, P. Srinivasa Rao
    Pages 17-30
  4. P. Srinivasa Rao, C. Ganesh Kumar, Belum V. S. Reddy, A. Kamal, H. C. Sharma, R. P. Thakur
    Pages 31-79
  5. P. Srinivasa Rao, C. Ganesh Kumar, Belum V. S. Reddy, A. Kamal, H. C. Sharma, R. P. Thakur
    Pages 81-115
  6. P. Srinivasa Rao, C. Ganesh Kumar, Belum V. S. Reddy
    Pages 117-127
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 129-130

About this book


A number of driving forces, including the soaring global crude oil prices and environmental concerns in both developed and developing nations has triggered a renewed interest in the recent years on the R&D of biofuel crops. In this regard, many countries across the globe are investing heavily in the bioenergy sector for R&D to increase their energy security and reduce their dependence on imported fossil fuels. Currently, most of the biofuel requirement is met by sugarcane in Brazil and corn in the United States, while biodiesel from rapeseed oil in Europe. Sweet sorghum has been identified as a unique biofuel feedstock in India since it is well adapted to Indian agro-climatic conditions and more importantly it does not jeopardize food security at the cost of fuel. Sweet sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench] is considered as a SMART new generation energy crop as it can accumulate sugars in its stalks similar to sugarcane, but without food¬¬-fuel trade-offs and can be cultivated in almost all temperate and tropical climatic conditions and has many other advantages. The grain can be harvested from the panicles at maturity. There is no single publication detailing the agronomic and biochemical traits of tropical sweet sorghum cultivars and hybrid parents. Hence, an attempt is made in this publication- “Characterization of improved sweet sorghum cultivars” to detail the complete description of cultivars. This book serves as a ready reference on the detailed characterization of different improved sweet sorghum genotypes following the PPVFRA guidelines for the researchers, entrepreneurs, farmers and other stakeholders to identify the available sweet sorghum cultivars and understand their yield potential in tropics.


Feedstock Glucose Grain yield Stalk sugar Sucrose

Editors and affiliations

  • P. Srinivasa Rao
    • 1
  • C.Ganesh Kumar
    • 2
  1. 1., Sorghum BreedingScientist - ICRISATPatancheru, Andhra PradeshIndia
  2. 2., Chemical Biology LaboratoryIndian Institute of Chemical TechnologyHyderabadIndia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, India
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-81-322-0782-5
  • Online ISBN 978-81-322-0783-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-808X
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-8098
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