`Sorghum capable of mitigating global warming impact`
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Last Updated: Sunday, November 27, 2011, 14:08
  
New Delhi: Scientists have found that sorghum varieties are capable of mitigating impact of global warming by regulating the emission of greenhouse gases in the environment.

"Sorghum can play a vital role in mitigating the impact of global warming by regulating the emission of greenhouse gases like nitrous oxide, Carbon Dioxide and Methane," said J V Patil, Head of Directorate of Sorghum Research (DSR), Hyderabad.

In Sorghum, the brown mid-rib varieties (bmr mutants) have lower lignin, and higher digestibility fits into the system of climate smart agriculture, he added.

DSR is an arm of research body Indian Agricultural Research Council (ICAR).

In rice-fallows of coastal Andhra Pradesh, sorghum is fast gaining popularity due to its high productivity (6.0 tonne per hectare).

Sorghum is a widely row spaced (45 cm), medium duration crop (90-120 days) and versatile for growing intercrops for better use of natural resources.

Scientists at DSR also found that Sorghum is one of the cheapest sources of micro nutrients (Fe and Zn) and with roughage and slow release of carbohydrates it is preferred food for diabetes and obese population.

Sorghum is an important dryland crop grown for food, feed and fodder/forage in our country. It is having drought and heat tolerance and performs well even under low input and management conditions that are common with the dry land farmers.

Seventy percent of sorghum grain produced is used as food and the rest for feed industry and other industrial uses (potable alcohol, starch, malt etc. from grain).

PTI


First Published: Sunday, November 27, 2011, 14:08


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