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DST-SERB (N-PDF): Plant architecture suitable for very high planting densities to enhance sorghum grain and fodder yield (2017-19)

DST-SERB (N-PDF): Plant architecture suitable for very high planting densities to enhance sorghum grain and fodder yield (2017-19)

Over the last century, maize planting densities have increased from about 3 to 9 plants m-2. No such increase in the planting density has taken place in sorghum, at least in the last 40-50 years. This project involves an increase in planting density of sorghum which could lead towards the improvement of their productivity.

Sowing density of maize has tripled in about a century, from about 3 plants m-2 to about 10 plants m-2 nowadays. Yet, there has been no deliberate effort to breed for an increased density, although this change accounts for a large part of the increase in maize productivity. Clearly, maize breeding has integrated traits that made the crop resistant to higher and higher density. This work presents an opportunity to dramatically advance genetic and productivity progress in sorghum by tackling an agronomy issue (plant density) that has a genetic basis (capacity to stand higher densities), taking into consideration historical evidence from the case of maize.

The main objective is identifying the potential traits conferring the density response in few earlier identified promising genotypes and also explore the nutritional content of grain and stover with the change in plant densities.

 

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