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Pennisetum

The document discusses the history, agronomic performance, limitations, and future perspectives of Pennisetum. Specifically, it notes that Pennisetum purpureum is native to Africa and was introduced to the US in 1913 and Brazil in 1920, where it is now grown on over 7,000 hectares. It also describes the genetic resources of Pennisetum in Brazil, including 120 accessions of Pennisetum and 53 of Pennisetum glaucum. Finally, it mentions a study on the forage quality and milk yield of cows grazing on certain Pennisetum varieties.

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Pennisetum
History
Agronomic performance
Limitations
Future perspectives
History
Agronomic performance
Limitations
Future perspectives




      Pennisetum
P. purpureum is native from Africa

In 1913 the USDA introduced it in USA

Has been on limited use
as a forage plant
In 1920 it was introduced to Brazil

In Minas Gerais it is reported 7000 ha,
with an average of 8 ha per farm
Pennisetum
History
Agronomic performance
Limitations
Future perspectives
Pennisetum germplasm in Brazil

120 accessions

20 accessions
Pennisetum spp.

53 accessions
P. glaucum

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