Type: Book

Achieving sustainable cultivation of sorghum Volume 1 Genetics, breeding and production techniques


Dr Rooney is Professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Science at Texas A&M University, USA. He has written widely on sorghum breeding and released a number of new varieties for use both in the US and Central America. He is a member and current Chair of the Sorghum Improvement Conference of North America which brings together experts from a number of universities to improve sorghum cultivation.



Publication date:

Q2 2018

Length of book:

380 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786761200



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.

Key features

  • Comprehensive coverage of the latest research on the genetic diversity and genomics of sorghum 
  • Reviews key developments in breeding, from conventional to marker-assisted techniques, as well their application in developing higher-yielding, more stress-resistant varieties 
  • Discusses key elements in integrated crop, pest and weed management

What others are saying...

"A comprehensive update on "why do" sorghum and "how to do" sorghum in both developed and developing countries."
John F. Leslie, University Distinguished Professor, Kansas State University, USA

Table of contents

Part 1 Sorghum the crop species
1.Classifying the genetic diversity of sorghum: a revised classification of sorghum: J. A. Dahlberg, Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center – University of California, USA; and D. T. Rosenow (deceased), Agricultural Research and Extension Center – Texas A & M University, USA;
2.The comparative and evolutionary genomics of sorghum: Elizabeth A. Cooper and Stephen Kresovich, Clemson University, USA;
3.Ensuring the genetic diversity of sorghum: Hari D. Upadhyaya, Kansas State University, USA; and Mani Vetriventhan, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), India;

Part 2 Sorghum improvement techniques
4.Conventional breeding techniques for sorghum: Cleve Franks, DuPont Pioneer, USA;
5.Advanced technologies to accelerate sorghum breeding: Joseph E. Knoll, USDA-ARS, USA;
6.Harnessing genetic/genomic resources to transform production and productivity of sorghum: Tesfaye Tesso, Dereje D. Gobena, Dechassa O. Duressa, Kraig Roozeboom, Krishna Jagadish, Ramasamy Perumal, Desalegn D. Serba, Dilooshi Weerasooriya, Kansas State University, USA;
7.Sorghum breeding for biotic stress tolerance: Ramasamy Perumal, Kansas State University, USA; Clint W. Magill, Texas A&M University, USA; Gary C. Peterson, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, USA; Elfadil M. Bashir, Tesfaye T. Tesso, Desalegn D. Serba and Christopher R. Little, Kansas State University, USA;
8.Sorghum tolerance to low phosphorus soil conditions: Willmar L. Leiser, University of Hohenheim, Germany; H. Frederick Weltzien-Rattunde and Eva Weltzien-Rattunde, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA; and Bettina I.G. Haussmann, University of Hohenheim, Germany;
9.Sorghum breeding for abiotic stress tolerance: John J. Burke, USDA-ARS, USA;
10.Advanced testing, multiplication and release of new sorghum varieties: Roger Monk, DuPont Pioneer, USA (retired);

Part 3 Sorghum production techniques
11.Improving soil and crop nutrition management in sorghum cultivation: David Mengel, Kansas State University, USA;
12.Improving water management in sorghum cultivation: Jourdan Bell, Robert Schwartz, Kevin McInnes, Qingwu Xue, and Dana Porter, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension, USA;
13.Improving sorghum crop management: an overview:  Vara Prasad, Kansas State University, USA;
14.Insect pests and their management in sorghum cultivation: Bonnie B. Pendleton, West Texas A&M University, USA;
15.Diseases of sorghum: seedling, seed, panicle and foliar diseases: Chris Little, Kansas State University, USA;
16.Diseases of sorghum: stalk, root and other diseases: Chris Little, Kansas State University, USA
17.Post-harvest management of sorghum: Bruno Tran and Rick Hodges, Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, UK;
18.Weeds and their management in sorghum cultivation: Muthu Bagavathiannan, Texas A&M University, USA;