Journal of
Plant Breeding and Crop Science

  • Abbreviation: J. Plant Breed. Crop Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9758
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPBCS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 409

Full Length Research Paper

Breeding for dual purpose attributes in sorghum: Identification of materials and associations among fodder and grain yield and related traits

Suad A. Hassan
  • Suad A. Hassan
  • Shambat Research Station, ARC, P. O. Box 30, Khartoum North, Sudan.
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Maarouf I. Mohammed
  • Maarouf I. Mohammed
  • Sudanese Research Centre for Agricultural Development (SUDARCAD), Khartoum North, Sudan.
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  •  Received: 17 January 2015
  •  Accepted: 23 February 2015
  •  Published: 30 April 2015


In view of the pressing need for both grain and fodder of sorghum as source for food and feed, a study was conducted during 2010 and 2011 to investigate the possibility of developing high yielding dual (grain/fodder) sorghum cultivars. A replicated breeding nursery comprising 122 genotypes was screened for dual grain/fodder attributes. 21 sorghum genotypes were selected and tested against 3 checks in Alpha lattice design with 3 replicates. Association study between grain and forage yields and some related traits was carried out. Sorghum genotypes with high capacity for dual grain/fodder production were identified. It was concluded that high levels of grain and fodder yields coupled with some desirable related traits could be incorporated in one sorghum cultivar as suggested by the favorable associations shown in the study.
Key words: Abjaro, Abu Sabein, Ankolib, correlation, shambat, Sudan grass, variability.