Screening of Sweet Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench) Varieties for Sugar and Biomass Production

Title 
Screening of Sweet Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench) Varieties for Sugar and Biomass Production 
Publication Type 
Journal Article 
Authors 
Olweny C, Abayo G, Dida M, Okori P 
Year of Publication 
2013 
Volume 
15 
Journal 
Sugar Tech 
Issue 
Pagination 
258 - 262 
Date Published 
9/2013 
ISSN 
0974-0740 
URL 
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12355-013-0234-9 
Keywords 
Biomass, Genotype–environment interaction, Sorghum, Sucrose, sweet sorghum 
DOI 
10.1007/s12355-013-0234-9 
Abstract 

Sweet sorghum has elicited the interest of breeders due to its capacity to provide renewable energy products, industrial commodities, food and animal feed. Whereas the technologies to process sugar products from sweet sorghum exits, the constraints for its large scale cultivation are the limited availability of genotypes suited to different agro-climatic conditions in Sub-Sahara Africa. Eighteen varieties obtained from ICRISAT, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, Argentina and United States of America were used in this study to identify the stable genotypes, assess their potential across environments and examine their genetic relationships with respect to sugar and biomass. The field experiments were undertaken in four locations between April and September 2012. The interaction between genotype and location showed a significant influence in all the traits studied. Genotype ICSV 93046 and IS 2331 registered the highest mean in the traits studied across the four environments.

 
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