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Grain Sorghum

  • Robert G. Henzell
  • David R. Jordan
Part of the Handbook of Plant Breeding book series (HBPB, volume 3)


Grain sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench] is a relatively drought- and heat-resistant crop. World wide it is used as feed and food grain. In Australia, it is used as a feed grain and is grown under rain-fed conditions. Water availability to the plant is the major constraint to production. This chapter describes aspects of the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries sorghum breeding program. The overall aim of this program is the development of germplasm which is licensed to the private sector for the development of hybrid cultivars and use in their breeding programs. This latter aspect has ensured program focus and the ready adoption by industry of program products. The specific objectives of the program are the development of germplasm with resistance to the sorghum midge, drought resistance (stay-green) and yield. High levels of midge resistance have been developed and combined with significant levels of stay-green and improved yield under Australian conditions.


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To the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, Queensland, and the Grains Research and Development Corporation for financial support of the breeding program. Also to Dr R.L. Brengman for the significant contribution he made to the program during 1979 to 1996.


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