Ecology of Cenchrus Grass Complex: Environmental Conditions and Population Differences in Western India

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Satish Chandra Pandeya, Helmut Lieth
Kluwer Academic, Jan 1, 1993 - Nature - 234 pages
The two excellent fodder grass species of genus Cenchrus - C. ciliaris (Cc) and C. Setigerus (Cs) - are inhabitant of drier sandy areas throughout Africa, the Canary Island, Madagascar and eastwards to India, they mostly occur in western parts, including the Great Indian Desert. Small patches of the two grass species also occur in semi-arid tracts of southern India. In its area of distribution, the two species exhibit high degrees of morphological and physiological distinctions warranting population differences. Extensive surveys and intensive studies established 25 ecotypes of grass Cc and 9 of grass Cs in western India. The population differences lie in morphological, physiological and cytological aspects. Mathematical approach has confirmed the distinction.

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CLIMATE AND WATER RESOURCES
23
POPULATION DIFFERENCES IN Cenchrus ciliaris AND Cenchrus
49
CLIMATIC FACTORS IN THE DISTRIBUTION OF Cenchrus ciliaris
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