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CTA. 1989. Sorghum. Spore 19. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Sorghum by Hugh Doggett, is a new edition in the Longman Scientific and Technical series, 688 pages; price UK L 45.00 ISBN 0 582 46345 9 Longman Group UK ltd Longman House Burnt Mill Harlow Essex CM20 2JE UK
Sorghum by Hugh Doggett, is a new edition in the Longman Scientific and Technical series, designed specifically for research workers, agricultural advisers, students an teachers of agriculture, and all who are professionally involved, or interested, in tropical agronomy. Sorghum is a major food crops in Africa an India, and an important livestock feed in the Americas, Europe, and Japan. Hugh Doggetts book provides basic information on the crop from both a botanical and an agricultural point of view. It includes sufficient references to enable a more detailed study to be made in any specialized area. The text covers the world production of sorghum, as well as the classification and probable history of the crop. This is followed by chapters on its morphology, reproduction, development, cytology, genetics and physiology. Crop improvement is dealt with, including improvements in both national programmes and in plant breeding. A chapter has been specially written for the book by Brhane Gebrekidan on the development of the sorghum improvement programme in Ethiopia (ESIP). The place of farmer-based research for small farmers in the developing world is discussed. This section was influenced by material from a chapter written by Gordon Banta, who was involved in the early work at IRRI on rice-based cropping systems research among small farmers in Asia. The need for a similar approach in dryland crops is emphasized. Finally the book deals with the main causes of crop loss: witchweed, (Striga), birds, pests and diseases. The utilization of the sorghum plant and its grain is described in detail. Available from: Longman Group UK ltd Longman House Burnt Mill Harlow Essex CM20 2JE UK 688 pages; price UK L 45.00 ISBN 0 582 46345 9