Abstract

The potential market of broomcorn, Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench, in Honduras is around 800,000 U.S. dollars per annum. However, its potential has been limited by seed availability. The nationaI sorghum project of the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Panamerican Agricultural School, introduced 54 broomcorn varieties from the world collection in 1991 and evaluated them for adaptation and resistance to the pathotype 5 of Peronosclerospora sorghi in Comayagua, Honduras. Although several varieties (Acme, IS 13,IS 24, and IS 18132) showed good resistance to the pathotype 5 of P. sorghi, fiber production of these resistant varieties ranged 1.0 to 1.4 t/ha with 65 to 87% of the fiber being classified as "hurl".