Sorghum ergot - a sticky disease problem in southern Africa uri icon


  • Ergot disease of sorghum is not new to Africa - the causalpathogen, Claviceps africana Frederickson, Mantle, and de Milliano was first recorded in Kenya as far back as 1923. However, ergot disease only began to gain recognition as a potential problem in sorghum production in the 1960s, when all the A-lines in Nigeria's national breeding program became infected, to the near complete exclusion of seed production (Futrell and Webster 1965)

publication date

  • 2000